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Toshiba SmartPad Images Leaked

Andy Vandervell


Toshiba SmartPad Images Leaked

Hot on the heels of ViewSonic's tablet announcement, seasoned leakers Notebookitalia have revealed images of another tablet expected to be shown at IFA, the Toshiba SmartPad. Last year Toshiba had the infamous Journ.E Touch on show, but this device looks a good deal more promising.

First of all, the collection of icons on the right edge look very Android-esque, which is a good start. However, given that Android won't natively support resolutions above 800 x 480 until Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) is released later in the year, the 10-inch screen might not have the requisite pixels we'd like. Judging by the placement of the shortcut buttons, and the webcam above the screen, it looks as if the SmartPad is intended to be used in landscape mode, though we'll be surprised if portrait isn't supported as well.

Most interesting is the connectivity shown. Not only are all the usual suspects (headphone, docking port etc.) present, HDMI, standard USB and a mini-USB port are all available behind a hinged door, and there's what looks like a full-size SD card slot as well. Based on whisperings coming out of Taiwan, the SmartPad is also likely to be using Nvidia's promising Tegra 2 platform.

With Viewsonic and Samsung already confirmed to be exhibiting tablets at IFA, it looks as if IFA could be dominated by one topic alone. Oh joy!

Source: Notebookitalia

Via: Engadget

Zero 1

August 23, 2010, 4:52 pm

I m getting all drugged up and high with all these tablet news lol. Very interesting, I think the netbook trend has possibly gone now and giving way to the beloved tablets.

Ala Miah

August 23, 2010, 6:43 pm

Finally a format that could rule them all. 2010/11 is going to be the year for tablets/slates and i for one can't wait


August 23, 2010, 9:57 pm

The tegra 2 tidbit is the most interesting thing about this. Lets hope Android 3.0 brings more games and a decent video player to the platform.


August 24, 2010, 12:48 am

I was about to write off the varying thickness as ugly but it's actually clever, because now it stands up a little for tabletop viewing and typing.


August 24, 2010, 3:32 am

Congrats on USB and memory card reader. With one fell swoop you trumped apple. Gosh, that was hard.


August 24, 2010, 8:18 am

@Goldenguy - nope I'm sticking with my initial thought that this is ugly. The 'lift' you refer to that makes it easier viewing when laid flat on a table could have been achieved with a little kickstand at the back.

This is a tablet designed by accountants and civil engineers. UGLY...yet functional and good features (usb, memory card, camera, etc).


August 24, 2010, 1:03 pm

@Midnight-Alchemist - I don't think it's at all ugly. Form follows function and so what would you want different? I suspect the varying thickness may have as much to do with enabling a thicker, more powerful battery and the larger connectivity options (HDMI, memory card, USB etc.) rather than in order to provide a slight tilt when laid flat. If it was just for the tilt, then I agree a kickstand (with adjustable heights) might have been a better option.


August 25, 2010, 1:18 am

If you want a tablet, go and buy an iPad today. This offers nothing extra worth waiting for.


August 25, 2010, 4:32 am


Agree about the added value of the increasingly elusive kickstand feature. But I think the point remains that the standard design convention would be to equalise the whole surface for the aesthetic. I like that they left it on an incline. As for the The Uggo Factor, it's not offensive looking. It's pretty much an iPad, just not as clean looking with those four cheap icons messing everything up.


August 25, 2010, 5:34 am

@Kaurisol I note your point about the increased thickness being to accommodate a larger array of ports and larger battery. However, do you think it have a longer battery life than the thinner iPad? I suspect not.

As for the looks - sorry but its a dog. Im not talking of the tilt..I'm talking overall. Looks are a subjective thing, but sorry, there is no design flair here at all. I'm not asking for 'swirls' a la HP laptops, or garish neon/pastel colours, just a modern elegant design. This is from the early 2000s.


August 26, 2010, 3:03 am

@SRS... struggling hard to restrain myself from that bit of flame-baiting... but one look at the connection options gives me something "extra" worth waiting for!

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