The JournE Touch happens to be the first Slate PC from the house of Toshiba. It was during the time when the iPad was still to see the light of day and the slate segment itself was in nascent stage. So it should not bother you if you haven’t of this term before. It was launched in Europe though it never made the kind of splash that is needed for a product to be known by one and all. Think of iPad and the way it is shaking things up. Instead, the JournE Touch came and went unnoticed.
But as per the latest slate pc news, Toshiba is keen to give their slate dreams another chance. Also, to make more of an impact, they have decided to go for two 7 inch screens instead of the single screen of the same size that had adorned the JournE Touch. The only other dual screen tablet that had created quite a ripple was the Microsoft Courier though the tablet slipped into oblivion in the most unceremonious manner. Of course there is the Entourage Edge and it’s currently available in the market though it isn’t the device that can make one go crazy.
This can act to Toshiba’s advantage in their effort at making a credible impact in the dual screen tablet segment with the GuideBook – the new tablet that Toshiba is readying. There is also news that Toshiba has dumped the Tegra 2 chip in favor of something else. That something else is a mystery though. Also, there were reports that Toshiba will leave it upon someone else for producing their tablet devices, someone who already has experience in doing something similar. But as per the latest news, the entire tablet project will be an in house affair right from the design to their manufacturing. Also, the GuideBook right now is likely to run the Windows 7 though the Android too can’t be ruled out. There is also talk of a larger tablet with a 10 inch screen sometime later that might be based on the Android and will bring Toshiba directly in line with the Apple’s iPad.
So it remains to be seen if two screens in place of one can bring better luck for Toshiba in the Tablet/Slate segment. In fact, much has changed since the days of the JournE Touch. There is the iPad now along with a few more that have made the consumers to demand even more. So for Toshiba to make an impact, they will perhaps have do more than just doubling up their efforts. The good news is, Toshiba is likely to formally announce the tablet as early as by the end of this month only.
You will have it all as and when they come out in the open along with all the latest e-reader news.
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PS: Picture above is that of the JournE Touch Tablet and not of the upcoming GuideBook.