April 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm
We already heard that Toshiba were preparing to launch its own tablets by Q1 2011 and now we have a bit more detail on the slates themselves. According to a Reuters report, Toshiba will launch at least one 10-inch tablet on the Android platform and another “dual-screen model running Windows.”
These tablets are expected to be media consumption devices, much like the Apple iPad. The company also doesn’t expect tablets to cannibalise other devices. “We definitely see a place for the slate, we see there’s a market there” says Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for Toshiba America. “It’ll be expansive like netbooks, it won’t be cannibalistic … Media consumption on these slates will be the main user activity.”
No word on pricing but, as expected, the Android tablet would be expected to be cheaper than the dual-display Windows tablet.
Update: Digitimes says that both tablets will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.