Is Toshiba abandoning its Windows 7 tablet and Chromebook plans?

By on May 24, 2011, 12:00 PM

Toshiba has reportedly abandoned its Windows 7-based tablet as well as its Chromebook plans. The two devices have disappeared from Toshiba's latest product roadmap, according to sources from the PC industry cited by DigiTimes.

Toshiba first showed off its Windows 7-based tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2011. A month later, it was revealed that the Japanese company would release the 11.6-inch tablet running Windows 7 Home Premium and powered by Intel's Atom Oak Trail processor in the second half of this year. Now it looks like the model's launch schedule may have been delayed or cancelled completely.

Toshiba achieved lower-than-expected performance in 2010 for its smartbook products, which feature a similar industrial design as a netbook but adopt the Android operating system. As a result, the company is taking a conservative approach toward the newly formed market segment and thus has lost interest in pushing out a Chromebook. Google announced last week that the first two Chromebooks will be made by Acer and Samsung.

Toshiba still has an Android 3.0-based tablet, manufactured by Taiwan-based Pegatron Technology, on the way. It is expected to start shipping this month with an official launch in June. In fact, it already became available for preorder last week on J&R.

The 10-inch tablet is available with two internal storage capacities in Wi-Fi only configurations, a 8GB model is $449 and a 32GB model is $579. An earlier product listing from Newegg showed those two models alongside a 16GB model for $500. They'll all come with a dual core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 1,280 x 800 display, 2MP and 5MP front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 3.0+ connectivity, an SD memory card reader, HDMI and USB 2.0 support. A rather unique feature Toshiba is touting is the ability to swap batteries, unlike most other tablets. The back cover will also be removable and replaceable with other covers that Toshiba will sell in a variety of colors.

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It is probably a good move. Until Microsoft comes up with a better alternative to Android or the iPhone why bother producing stuff for the smallest market share.

Next you will want people to produce games for Linux. Like that will ever happen, not enough market share.


Aww damn it... I've been hoping for some more tablets with Windows 7 on them. I can understand the hesitation though, as they are not selling well and even though Windows 7 is a little bit more touch friendly, it is still a somewhat clumsy interface for touch only operation. I have a HP Slate 500 that i'm testing at work and while it is great and I can get lots of work done on it in mobile areas, for small stuff it just becomes an annoyance more than a help. Not only this but the poor display quality and weight of the HP Slate makes it difficult to use outdoors.

I hope Toshiba doesn't bail on this, but they probably will and I wouldn't be surprised. Tablets still are too expensive in my opinion, considering you can get a pretty nice laptop for the same price that is a lot more powerful.

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