CES 2011: Toshiba touts new Android tablet


CES 2011: Toshiba touts new Android tablet

Jenny Williams

PC maker Toshiba will debut its second Android tablet device for web browsing, gaming and e-books this week, in a bid to rival Apple's iPad.

According to Reuters, the new 10in Toshiba tablet will run Google's Android operating system and use Nvidia's Tegra 2 mobile processor. The 1.7lb (770g) tablet will also feature front and rear-facing camera, access to an applications store and Wi-Fi internet connection.

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Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for Toshiba America, told Reuters its tablet will be competitively priced against Apple's iPad.

"We are going to embrace this category, and we are looking to develop a family of tablets," he added.

Toshiba is expected to unveil the tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week and make the device available by the end of June.

Toshiba's Folio 100 tablet was launched in September last year. It also runs Android, which means it can play Flash movies, unlike the iPad, but weighs double the Galaxy Tab at 760g with a 10.1in screen.

Toshiba has also been working to make its corporate laptops more portable. Its latest laptop is "ultra-mobile", says the manufacturer. The Portégé R700 is claimed by the PC maker to be "Europe's thinnest, lightest, full-function laptop, providing uncompromised mobile computing for business users".

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