MSI introduces three tablets, all very Apple-esque

by: Alex SerbanJune 3, 2013

MSI Primo 81We haven’t heard about MSI in a while, since January to be more precise when the Taiwan-based company brought the low-price Enjoy 71 tablet to market. At this year’s Computex event, MSI introduced several tablets under the Primo brand. One of them,  the Primo 81 has an interesting concept in mind; elegantly bringing Apple iPad Mini’s elements to the Android world.

If we wouldn’t know better we would go even in saying that MSI is trying to make a full-state copy of Apple’s popular tablet. The story continues with two other devices, the Primo 73 and 93, with the latter being sold in the same segment as the Apple iPad.

Starting with the most intrusive, the Primo 81 comes with a 7.85-inch IPS display that’s capable of 1,024 x 768 resolutions (which is HD), fabricated by LG. The same specs, with the same performance, can be found on the original iPad Mini. Even the viewing angles are exactly the same.

iPad Mini vs Primo 81

When it comes to sizes and design, the Primo 81 is around 7.8mm thick and comes with a matte finish and a modest build quality. The slate has a rectangular form with rounded corners and a front side with thick bezels.

On the back side we’ve spotted a camera (specs unknown), and a wide range of connectivity ports; HDMI, miniUSB and of course, the casual 3.5mm audio jack. We can also observe a rather large speaker in the bottom-left corner, as well as how much the Prim 81 mimics iPad Mini’s protective shell.

On the inside, Primo 81 comes with a quad-core Allwinner A315 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a sturdy 3,500 mAh battery. All these elements should power Android 4.2 Jelly Bean just fine. Unfortunately, we won’t see it in the United States.

MSI Primo 73

Primo 73 (displayed above) was another product introduced by MSI today, and the 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution is surely destined for emerging markets. We managed to get a peek of its form, and judging by the first impression, Primo 73 has a slightly more polished design and a better build concept than it’s lineup mates.

The software will be powered by a SoC AllWinner A20 chip, formed by a dual-core ARM Cortex A7 processor, working in tandem with an ARM Mali 400 GPU. Those are then combined with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and of course, the popular microSD memory slot.

MSI Primo 93

The last member of the crew is Primo 93, which aims to hunt down the iPad 4 using a 9.7-inch display with HD resolutions (1024×768). Besides a microSD port, a stylish volume button and a rather interesting design, this slate has a rubber side finish.

Specs wise, the Primo 93 packs the same Allwinner A315 quad-core processor and Android 4.2. There will be 16 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM. As batteries go, MSI announced a 6800 mAH battery which should be sufficient for 3G and GPS capabilities. As far as we know, there is no LTE support.

There were no release date or pricing details disclosed.

  • Kormakur Danielsson

    No. 1024×768 is XGA, not HD. please don’t call it that. Here’s a great reference for you:

    • Anthony Evans

      NEVER use wiki as a source..

      • Kormakur Danielsson

        As long as the articles have decent references I think it’s fine.

        • Anthony Evans

          didnt go to college did ya? lol

          • Kormakur Danielsson

            You are correct sir. How about I try again?

            European Broadcast Union &
            Advanced Television Systems Committee standards:


            There’s a lot in there about bandwidth and encoding standards, but it does bring up resolution and aspect ratio.

            It might be a fine display for all I know. I just do not like the term HD or HDTV on XGA resolution devices, much less a 4:3 aspect ratio one at that.

            What’s your opinion on sub 1280×720 resolution displays sold for HD purposes? The standards are “ancient” in digital time. I think it’s high time we use 1920×1080 and beyond, even at 7.85 inch displays.

          • Jrodd

            Don’t hate on Wikipedia. I think it’s general ignorance on the teachers and other educators part that think Wikipedia is bad. They don’t understand open source collaboration and that most errors will be fixed by knowledgeable people. They just see “Oh anyone can edit this” and assume everything wrong and bias.

          • Anthony Evans

            Yeah lets not hate on a website that anyone can change anytime they feel like it.

          • Jrodd

            Well said, thanks for not doing that :)

          • lala

            not realy. No one hates wiki. It’s great for reference. But never cite wiki as a source. THat’s it.

  • Desi WN

    The primo 81 is a rebrand from the Ampe a88mini

  • RarestName

    So Apple sued Samsung but not MSI. Seriously.

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      MSI is not a potencial threat for Apple. Samsung is.

      • angpet

        Apple cannot sue pegatron that makes the apple pads, pegatron is owned by msi lol. If they do that apple is dead

        • D’Ander McSullivan

          They sued Samsung who provides (or provided) them the chips.

  • Anthony Evans

    so any coming to the US?

  • Mohammad n