Toshiba knocks back super-skinny tablet release
Ice Cream Sarnie-inspired delay?
Toshiba has knocked back the release of its skinnier-than-the-rest AT200 Android tablet to 2012.
Announced at the IFA consumer electronics show this past September, the 7.7mm-thick, 558g AT200 was said by Toshiba to be set to ship before the end of 2011.
But in a response to a punter posted on Toshiba Germany's Facebook page, the company admitted: "We had to move the [release] date to January 2012."
A blessing in disguise? Possibly, if the shift has been made to ensure the AT200 is released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-loaded rather than 3.2 Honeycomb.
Not that Toshiba's Facebook page had anything to say on that point, but we can hope.
The AT200 will have a 10.1in, 1280 x 800 display, and will be equipped with a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor running at 1.2GHz. There's 2.4GHz 802.11n on board, plus GPS, and 2Mp and 5Mp front- and rear-facing cameras.
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They're probably still trying to figure out how to stop them breaking all the time. There's no way something that thin won't have reliability problems with the stresses and strains of daily use.
They probably have only seen the error of their ways, and do not want to put another obviously blatant iPad-copy in front of the future Apple customers. It might distract them from their duty, and who'd want that?