The Libretto W100 dual screened tablet may have done a world of good for Toshiba‘s image in the tablet PC segment. Toshiba needed that boost after they took a beating after the JournE Touch – one of the earlier attempts by Toshiba at a tablet device when the segment itself was at its formative stages. However, a rocker of a device the Libretto W100 may be the world’s first fully functional dual screened tablet, though its high price may have put off many who would even get close to it, let alone buy one.
And now, if our tablet PC news sources can be believed, Toshiba is all set to ride into the mainstream tablet market with a device that conforms to the more conventional tablet format, thereby staking a claim of the lucrative tablet market. It’s the SmartPad tablet and they are banking on it to turn their fortunes in this segment that is currently dominated by a single player – the iPad. However, all of that is set to change as a slew of new high profile tablet PCs are slated to enter the ring with the onslaught beginning next month when the Samsung Galaxy Pad is set to be unveiled. But all of that is a different story.
Coming back to the SmartPad, the tablet will be with us as early as October and will be available in both the 7 inch and 10 inch size segments. It’s not known whether it will have Windows 7 or the popular Android OS running the show, though it seems Android has the advantage here. This is because there are all the familiar screen buttons already in place that seem to give favor to Android. Of course, another reason being that everyone is busy preparing an Android device and it seems the season belongs to Android powered tablets. In fact, there are reports in some sections that Android has been finalized as the OS for Smart Pad. An official confirmation from Toshiba is needed to set things right.
However, other specs of the Smart Pad are missing, though the latest set of images that have come our way can be an indication of the things to come. For example, there will be a built-in webcam that sits atop the screen and stereo speakers on the front. There are a plethora of ports on the right side which includes exposed AC power, a headphone socket, and memory card ports. There will also be a HDMI out port along with USB and mini-USB ports neatly stacked behind a small plastic door. Then there is also a docking station at the bottom of the Smart Pad. Lastly, the Tegra 250 chipset sits at the Smart Pad’s core. Further specs are anxiously awaited.
To round things off, we all expect the Smart Pad to be priced affordably vis-a-vis the competition and has some solid performance to show off. If that is the case, then Toshiba has a sure shot winner on their hands with the Smart Pad
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email