Toshiba Rumored to Debut Android SmartPad Tablet at IFA
Toshiba’s rumored Android tablet may soon debut at the IFA conference in Germany if rumors are accurate. The Android tablet is rumored to be called the Toshiba SmartPad and will come with a 10-inch screen and be powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset.
A photo was of the device was recently leaked onto the Internet ahead of its IFA rumored debut. The device will reportedly have a metal frame, four buttons on the right side when the SmartPad is held in landscape orientation, and come with USB and HDMI ports.
It’s unclear at this point whether the SmartPad will come in WiFi-only variant, which will limit the utility of the SmartPad tablet to home use, or use near a WiFi hotspot, much like the Archos Android devices, or if Toshiba will integrate 3G/4G with the SmartPad to give it a mobile broadband connection for a truly untethered web experience.
The mobile tablet market will soon be crowded. Not only will Toshiba be launching a Smartpad, but Android-based and Windows 7 tablets are already in development by popular PC makers such as Asus, MSI, Acer, HP, and Dell. Also, other smartphone makers are also jumping onto the tablet craze post-iPad, such as Motorola, LG, Samsung, and HTC.
Toshiba has been a strong Microsoft partner; the company makes PCs based on the Windows OS as well as smartphones and PDAs based on Windows Mobile. The company’s venture into Android for its tablet will be a new foray for the PC maker.
(via: Android Guys)