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Toshiba To Introduce Tablets Later This Year


Seems like Toshiba will be the next maker to launch their Tablets later this year. Like the iPad, the Toshiba slate devices are designed for for online video, music, e-books, and other content.

Toshiba says it will launch slate devices later in 2010, including models that run either the Microsoft Windows 7 or Google Android operating systems.

Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for Toshiba America, tells Reuters that his company is exploring several tablet form factors, including a dual-screen tablet that runs Windows, and another slate with a 10-inch display. He predicts that these new tablets won’t cannibalize netbook sales, despite the overlap in functionality. The Android-based device would cost less than the Windows tablet, Reuters reports. Both tablets, like the Apple iPad, would be used primarily for media consumption, including online video, music, e-books, and other digitized content.

Toshiba was a key partner in Microsoft’s tablet (convertible notebook) initiative a few years ago, and it is clear that the Japanese company has been thinking about a dedicated slate device for a while. Late last year it unveiled the 7-inch Journ.E Internet and Multimedia tablet (above pic) at the IFA electronics fair in Berlin.

Source: PC World

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