One of the events that marked the celebration of Toshiba in its 25th year of reckoning in the computing field, their Managing Director in Australia, Mark Whittard displayed a prototype of the tablet PC from Toshiba which they have named ‘SmartPad’. The tablet is still in prototype stages though the company revealed that they hope to launch at least a version of the SmartPad by October this year. The company has also announced the SmartPad can come with either Windows 7 or the Android as the operating system.
Their last attempt with a tablet was the JournE Touch which ended in disaster and has vanished without a trace. This prompted Toshiba to stay off the tablet market for a while. This new foray in the highly competitive tablet segment sounds risky after the JournETouch fiasco, but this time they have armed themselves with the Libretto W100 dual-screened tablet. This tablet is thoroughly impressive, but unfortunately it is priced beyond the reach of the majority of consumers.
So now Toshiba intends to make its presence felt perhaps in the $500 mark tablet segment with the new SmartPad which should fill in the gap between the erstwhile unwieldy sets and the costly Libretto W100.
The device is expected to have the standard HDMI and USB ports, but nothing could be confirmed by Whittard on these aspects.