Compal Electronics will manufacture two tablet PCs for Toshiba with shipments scheduled for the end of 2010 or early 2011.
While one model supports Google’s Android platform and a 10-inch display for the entry-level market, the second is based on a Windows OS and comes with dual displays. Both tablet PCs feature Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor.
Compal recently showcased its tablet PC line at CES, with most of the solutions powered by the Tegra 2 processor.
Toshiba America’s Jeff Barney has disclosed a bit more information to Reuters, and he’s saying they’ll be out before the year is through. The first will be a premium model running Windows 7, roughly 10 inches in size and, interestingly, having not one but two screens. The second will run Android and is said to come in at a lower price, though beyond that it’s up to you to decide what kind of specs it should have. The prime intent for both is “media consumption”, according to Barney, who sees the presence of slates as “expansive like netbooks.” In other words: not stealing sales from the company’s laptop business. Given he also took the time to talk up the 50-percent boost in Toshiba laptop and PC sales this year, he’d better hope that’s the case.