Toshiba is working on at least two tablet computers; one running the full version of Microsoft Windows and a second one with Google’s Android OS.
Jeff Barney, head of digital products for Toshiba America, told Reuters that one of his company’s Windows 7-based slates will be a dual-screen device capable of folding like a book.
He didn’t reveal many other details about the upcoming models, aside from the fact that at least one of them will have a 10-inch screen.
Because of the Android OS’s lower hardware requirements, Toshiba’s tablets running Google’s OS will cost less than the Windows-based ones, but they will also be less capable.
“We definitely see a place for the slate, we see there’s a market there,” Barney said. The company expects many people who will be interested in the Android OS-run smartphone will be likely be consumers, not business users.
Toshiba’s tablet computers are expected to hit the market later this year.
Up Against the Competition
The top competitor for Toshiba’s Windows-powered tablets will likely be the slate computer that HP is expected to launch this summer. Still, Toshiba’s plan to use a folding design will give it an edge with some consumers.
It’s Android OS device will have to go head-to-head with the Apple iPad, which also runs an operating system originally designed for smartphones.