Toshiba delays Android 3.0 tablet
Awaiting quad-core chippage?
Toshiba's second Android tablet, the follow-up to last year's Froyo-based Folio 100, has been pushed back.
Announced in the US at the start of the year, the 10in Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet was originally set to arrive in the UK during Q2.
But Ken Chan, Toshiba UK's business laptops boss, today told Reg Hardware the tablet will now not debut until Q3.
"It'll be here at the very end of summer," he said.
As originally specced, the gadget will sport a 10.1in, 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen, contain an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and combine 0.2Mp and 5MP front- and rear-facing cameras. You can add to that HDMI, USB - mini and full size - SD and analogue audio portage, and 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Chan would not be drawn as to why the tablet will arrive a quarter later than previously announced.
It's very tempting to conclude that the company has decided to wait for Nvidia's next generation of Tegra processors - perhaps even the quad-core flagship chip, 'Kal El' - though we can't rule out the component supply issues that have hit a number of tablet market entants since the Japanese earthquake. ®
Maybe they're just waiting for Google to finish Honeycomb.
Yum! More jam tomorrow
....and when it comes it will be £500, the OS may be cripppled in one way or another, it may or may not support Flash, it may or may not work with Android Market, and you will be tied into some dreadful deal with a Mobile Infrastructure provider too.
The money I had saved up for that "iPad killer" android tablet is staying put for a while longer alas.
Why, quite soon, with the accumulated interest I will be able to afford an iPad anyway and I can give up on what is proving to be a pointless waste of time.
Maybe they're just waiting to see if anyone other than Apple can make money out of tablets?
Might aswell just scrap it and make a new one. Way outdated by end of summer and from the pic it looks huge and heavy!
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