Toshiba to launch more tablets next year

Company plans to release tablets in the U.S., Japan, and other countries next year, a Toshiba engineer tells The Wall Street Journal.

Toshiba's Android tablet prototype at Ceatec 2010.
Toshiba's Android tablet prototype at Ceatec 2010. Scott Ard/CNET

Toshiba plans to launch a number of tablet computers in the U.S., Japan, and other countries next year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Toshiba engineer Hideo Kasuya told the Journal at the Ceatec 2010 tech show in Japan this week that the tablets are expected to run Google's Android operating system. He did not elaborate more about the devices.

Toshiba has been showing off a prototype Android tablet at Ceatec with a 10.1-inch touch screen.

Last month, Toshiba unveiled the Folio 100 tablet . That device, which runs Android 2.2, is scheduled for release before year's end only in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Kasuya said that the tablet models set for release in the U.S., Japan, and other countries might not include the Folio 100.

Some of Toshiba's competitors will be entering the market around the same time as they try to play catch-up with Apple's iPad.

LG announced this week that it had delayed its Android 2.2-based tablet until a better version of Android--ostensibly, Android 3.0--is released next year. And Research In Motion plans to launch its PlayBook tablet early next year .

 

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