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Toshiba To Intro Tablet PCs: Possible Dual-Screen, Android Versions

Toshiba To Intro Tablet PCs: Possible Dual-Screen, Android Versions

Slates, slates, tablets and more slates. That pretty much sums up the PC industry thus far in 2010, and if you thought the craze would die down some after the iPad's launch, you would be wrong. With Dell, Asus, NVIDIA and just about everyone else committed to dabbling in the Tablet PC/Slate world in some way, it was only a matter of time for a big name like Toshiba to step up and admit that they too would be throwing in an option or two.



In a Reuters report that mainly focused on the fact that Toshiba's PC sales have risen 50% in the U.S. during Q1 2010, something a bit more important to us was mentioned: new tablet PCs. Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for Toshiba America, said his company "plans to launch so-called slate PCs this year," with options running on Windows 7 and Google's Android.

Currently, the company is evaluating a number of form factors, though if it's just a tablet, there are only so many directions they can take. There's even talk of a dual-screen model (similar to the Entourage Edge, we assume) with a 10" panel capable of handling the more complex aspects of Win7. Mr. Barney stated: We definitely see a place for the slate, we see there's a market there. It'll be expansive like netbooks, it won't be cannibalistic. Media consumption on these slates will be the main user activity."

No further details were given on pricing, nor was a shipping estimate made public. But one thing is for sure: the tablet PC battle is just now heating up, and with all of this competition, we're bound to see prices fall lower and lower as the months drag on.
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That tablet looks nice and solid. It almost looks like an updated version of mine.

If they actually make one that is in the 17" range, that is exactly what I will be saying about it...Mine! :)

I know everyone has always looked at these things as just a niche market, and not very practical for everyday use. I have always thought the exact opposite. This is a feature that should have always been available, and developed since its inception. For a long time I have never understood the want of a regular notebook, when you can have the ability to turn the screen around for others to see, save space, or write on it like a notepad.

Just watch any episode of Stargate, then you will see the practical everyday functionality of slates and tablets. then imagine if they had to carry around the notebooks, having them open all the time:P

Now that the touchscreen has come down in price and more readily available. the cost issue should not even be an issue anymore. Also the mag-screens should be even cheaper to produce since most have switched to touch. The only other issue is the main one that has always plagued the tablet market, and that is the rotating hinge! Most of them have not really held up for very long, and since there are so many connections that must pivot within a short space, it generates flimsiness!

I can see more of the slate types taking off in a big way. Although being able to tilt the screen is always a big plus. If they are going to do the slate, they might think about an extra keyboard and a kickstand.  I would really like to see this tablet with a BR player and an HDMI-out!

I believe if a company like Toshiba came out with a business solutions package. One that included a larger 17" Tablet that is as powerful as most home PC's, and a 10" slate (kinda like the photos). Then they would appeal across the board to everyone who is looking for that type of system right now. So many people go out and get the Desktop/workstation, IPad and a Laptop, Media playersmartphone/MP3 player. Just to try and get everything working together for everyday tasks. When IF they had these two things, coupled with a smartphone. Would solve all that searching.

Then again, some people like going out and trying everything that comes out, just to have the watercooler talk? Then again, wheres the watercooler anymore :P

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Just to give you an idea, I posted pics of my tablet in my pics :)

Now that I mostly use my Wacom, Who knows, I might even do a Sweepstakes give-away. :)

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LOL animatortom, nice drawing :D. This competition of tablets has just started so there will be lots more to come. I would love to see a tablet that has the same specs of a high end laptop :D but still be a nice size and weight :D. The design of this tablet is nice and very stylish to me :D.

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animatortom:

"I can see more of the slate types taking off in a big way. Although being able to tilt the screen is always a big plus. If they are going to do the slate, they might think about an extra keyboard and a kickstand. I would really like to see this tablet with a BR player and an HDMI-out!"

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Including a keyboard and a kick stand would be a nice selling point :D. If they could add a BR player that would be sweet!

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LOL animatortom, nice drawing :D. This competition of tablets has just started so there will be lots more to come. I would love to see a tablet that has the same specs of a high end laptop :D but still be a nice size and weight :D. The design of this tablet is nice and very stylish to me :D.

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"I can see more of the slate types taking off in a big way. Although being able to tilt the screen is always a big plus. If they are going to do the slate, they might think about an extra keyboard and a kickstand. I would really like to see this tablet with a BR player and an HDMI-out!"

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Including a keyboard and a kick stand would be a nice selling point :D. If they could add a BR player that would be sweet!

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OK, That's a new one? Copy and paste at the end of the comment.
I kept reading down then I said..hey wait, that's my post?
Is that supposed to make your post look long and like you are the one who made the constructive comments? LOL
Remember you have me beat on points and posts! Pretty good for only four months :P
 
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LOL no it was not to make my post longer, i use the quick reply a lot on here so i don't use the quote button as i have to type it out in quick reply so i reply to your post like that :D. (there i edited it Big Smile)

Also i have been active ever since i joined this forum (4 Months ago) i have been on here every day since i joined :). So you can't compare my  join days to yours as you weren't here for all those months :D.

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A slate running a full Windows 7 OS would be really nice and a great differentiating feature between all the slates that are flooding the market. They can get more functionality out of the slates from Windows 7. Also, they can support this slate with apps from the Google Android app store. Sounds like it can be a very versatile product.

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