MSI's 10-inch tablet launching this year at $500, patently ignoring the elephant in the room?

Ready for some more tablet news? Yeah, we know, this one's different. Promise. It's MSI's 10-inch, Tegra-powered machine we checked out a few weeks back at CES. We were reasonably smitten then and, despite the new competition, we still think it looks promising. But, a $500 MSRP probably isn't going to help things much when it launches sometime in the second half of this year, if a report from DigiTimes proves to be correct. Specifications are said to be "flexible" and the company will "launch different models based on market demand," meaning if everyone coughs at that price point there's a good chance MSI will dig deep and release an even cheaper model. Sounds like a good idea to us.