Toshiba Smart Pad looks to be headed in a different direction than the JournE
And that’s a very good thing. Some new pictures have been released through Notebook Italia of the Toshiba Smart Pad — Toshiba’s second attempt at making a good slate tablet. Last year’s gotta-get-a-tablet-on-the-market rush produced the sub-par, underpowered and generally ignored JournE Touch. Thankfully, it appears that Toshiba has learned a lot about the tablet market and is making a tablet… well, like everyone else’s.
The Smart Pad sports the familiar stylings of just about every other tablet render we’ve seen so far. Black glass front surrounded by familiar chrome bezel, capped with rounded edges. It’s certainly another in the line of “see one, seen them all” tablets. But as every after-school special and Nickelodeon kids cartoon tells us: it’s not what’s on the outside that counts; it’s what’s inside that matters. So far we don’t know much about the insides except that it can run either Windows 7 or Android OS (which means someone is indecisive) and that it has HDMI, USB ports and SD card slot. The educated guess is that the Smart Pad will go with Android as they already have the familiar screen buttons and, well, everyone else is doing it. We should find out more at this year’s IFA in September.
It seems that the new directions of the JournE Touch failure has reigned Toshiba in on outside thinking. This tablet may just be a “me too,” but hopefully one that is well-executed and priced competitively. Toshiba says we’ll be seeing them in October.