Toshiba Smart Pad Tablet: Prototype Shown, Launch due in October 2010


One of the leading manufacturers in the laptop industry, Toshiba, has completed 25 years since T1100 in 1985, and seems to be celebrating with the launch of a range of devices. Toshiba has recently unveiled the prototype of the company’s new touchscreen slate. The tablet looks like the Apple iPad. The prototype has been unveiled in Australia, and the company’s Managing Director for that country, Mark Whittard has suggested that the tablet is to hit the stores in the early fourth quarter of this year. That is, before October 2010 to be precise.

Toshiba Smart Pad Tablet: Prototype Shown, launch due in October 2010

It was quite recent that the Toshiba Libretto W100 was revealed, which was considered to be the world’s first dual touchscreen tablet. With the provision for 2GB DDR3 RAM, the Libretto W100 laptop has an Intel U5400 processor accompanied by a 62 GB of storage SSD. Other major attractions include the Micro SD card reader, 1 mega-pixel HD webcam, 1x USB 2.0, and of course, a battery which can provide a backup of up to 3.5 hours. Other appealing specifications include the Wi-Fi connectivity, optional 3G, and can be used in both the landscape of the portrait mode, running on the Windows 7 operating system.


Also Toshiba’s first MID (Mobile Internet Device) Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2, which was launched quite recently, was Android 2.1 based. The AC100 runs NVIDIA’s second-generation Tegra 250 chipset making it 1080p HD capable.Other major specifications of the AC100 include 1 GHz chip, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB of Flash memory, and the options of wireless connectivity include the Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and optional 3G/WWAN. GPS, a USB 2.0 port, miniUSB, HDMI, audio in/out and an SD card reader, together with a 1.3-megapixel webcam are its other facets.

To this chain of tablets and devices, the company yet again makes the addition of this new device being unveiled by Whittard. The hardware specifications of the device were not clearly unveiled, but Whittard had mentioned about the presence of both the HDMI and USB connectivity, a digitizer which would be able to support multitouch, and the options for the operating system going around Android or Windows 7 OS. The work on the device is still in progress and it is still a big mystery that which of the operating systems will be considered, or even both the versions of the so called “smart pad” will be unveiled.

“This prototype as a HDMI slot; does that make sense? I think so. If you’re using it as a browsing tool for content sometimes you will want to connect it to your telly. Do you put in USB? I think so”, said Mark Whittard, Toshiba Australia.

Apart from the prototype described here, we are still kept in the dark about its other specifications. But, it is hoped that Toshiba should keep the prices down for the tablet, and user friendliness should also be considered properly as an issue. We already know from experience that the company does provide a custom user interface which really suits the finger inputs. Let’s see what it finally comes out to be!