Toshiba has made no secret of their plans for the tablet space, leading at least this editor to speculate that their feature-rich libretto W100 dual screen tablet PC is actually a Toshiba test case to see what features stick for future wide-release devices. Toshiba’s Australian managing director, Mark Whittard, in his home country, may have unveiled one such future device.
Details are in short supply, but during a presentation celebrating 25 years of Toshiba laptops, Whittard brandished an iPad look-alike that he claims will be available before October, have both USB and HDMI ports, a digitizer, multi-touch support and run either Google Android or Windows 7.
“This prototype has a HDMI slot; does that make sense? I think so,” Whittard reportedly claimed. “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.”
So add Toshiba to the growing list of manufacturers readying tablets with the “pad” moniker for the coming months. The list already includes HP, with the PalmPad; ASUS, with the Eee Pad; and MSI, with the Wind Pad.