It’s raining tablets. Though there’s nothing new, as has been the case ever since the iPad came on to the scene and hit jackpot right away. This time it’s different, though. The biggies in the business who are now coming up with firm plans to develop a tablet device. We have heard of the Samsung Galaxy Tad tablet with an early next month release, along with others like Asus, and the Notion Ink Adam having announced their pricing and availability details as well. Dell has already come up with its Streak, and several of the big wigs in the business like Motorola and Research in Motion also announced that they are readying suitable devices for the tablet segment. Asus, on its part has already made it known they are working on an Android tablet for a March 2011 launch.
Now we have news of Toshiba coming up with an Android powered tablet, but it beats the Asus offering to the market by next month or the month after, a good several months ahead of the Asus Android tablet release.
Details of the upcoming Toshiba Android tablet are minimal, but it seems to be the same tablet that Mark Whittard, Toshiba Managing Director in Australia, had held up for public consumption in an event that also marked the company’s 25th year in the computer business. It was named the ‘Smart Pad‘ and was said to have either the Windows 7 or the Google’s Android as the operating system. It seems it’s the Android that has impressed the Toshiba boffins more than the Windows though it’s not clear if a Windows 7 tablet is also in the pipeline. However, as of now it’s the Android version with which the company is engrossed and is likely to be built around an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with a 10 inch screen up front. Whittard had also said that an HDMI video-out port might be included in the upcoming tablet.
This will also be the time when a number of Tegra 2 powered tablets will be released as well, though no details are available as to what the tablets will cost or what other features they are likely to come with. The Tegra 2 chips are known for their superior performance characteristics and low power requirements and have been built specifically for tablet devices.
It can be mentioned here the Toshiba Libretto W100 dual screened tablet has already been sold out in spite of its high price.