Toshiba partners with Compal for Tegra 250 powered tablet PCs


Toshiba previously announced its intention to re-enter the hotly contested tablet market saying it would launch a whole line of devices. Following some recent announcements, we now have a better idea of what to expect from the company later this year. Liliputing reported at the end of last week that Toshiba would be taking a play out of Asus' book by also developing two tablets, one running Android and the other a version of Windows. Some information from Reuters suggested that the Windows version would be a larger, netbook sized, dual-screen clamshell device running Windows 7.

But the latest information from DigiTimes states that the company has partnered with Compal to produce tablet PCs using nVidia's next-generation Tegra 250 processor. This is an interesting development because not only will the new tablets be plenty powerful, but they are likely to be manufactured by a bit of a MID specialist as well. Compal-manufactured products, such as the KAX15 and the Aigo P8860, have previously been featured on the pages of Pocketables, and we may possibly have caught a glimpse of the future Toshiba tablet in the form of a Tegra 250 prototype 7" tablet (shown above) at CES earlier this year along with the Asus Eee Pad. On the other hand, using the ARM-based Tegra 250, a Windows version of the Toshiba tablet is likely to use Windows CE, rather than Windows 7. Nevertheless I will be looking forward to seeing what Toshiba and Compal have in store for us. Check out another photo of the 7" Compal Android tablet after the break.


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Jeremy To

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10 thoughts on “Toshiba partners with Compal for Tegra 250 powered tablet PCs

  • Too bad I’m probably in the minority where I want a small device with long battery to mostly play streaming and file based videos (a media player mostly). Mainly to help past time during flights, waiting for appointments, road trips (while being a passenger of course) and any other time where I find myself forced to wait for long periods. I like watching Netflix and Hulu. As for video files, I like backing up my BDs and DVDs using the .mkv container to preserve the multi-channel audio and soft subtitles.

    The Archos 5 Internet Tablet is the closest since it can play many video files without wasting time transcoding but Silverlight and Flash aren’t supported. The Archos isn’t known to be very stable either even with the latest 1.7.96 firmware.

    Too bad many people are too hung up on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube clips which I don’t have any interest in.

  • Then get a SmartQ V5 and a 32GB SDHC card. It plays almost any video format (anything VLC can play).

  • That device is too slow to play 720p BD rips. VLC is one of the more buggy players and it’s hardware video acceleration is very experimental. I’m not sure about Windows CE but Flash and Silverlight support for linux is pretty bad. As media players, current ARM based devices aren’t up to the task of playing Netflix/Hulu streams and playing HD .mkv files with soft subtitles.

    It’s more a software than hardware issue. Even the upcoming Tegra 2 devices will have bad media support if the current versions of Android and other Linux based OSs are going to be used.

  • you must be talking about the smart q5… the smartq v5 plays 1080p… i have one and i pretty much love it.. it is a little sluggish but i suspect the next android firmware (2.1) will really make the device a monster.

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    From what I’ve heard, the dual-screen clamshell device is the long-rumored Microsoft Courier tablet running Windows CE. I just hope the suggestions of it running the WIndows 7 mobile or Zune interfaces aren’t true.

  • Wow, 1080p H.264 decoding is great. How does Flash and Silverlight play? Are the video playback capabilities available in all three OSs (Android, Windows CE, other Linux distribution)? Is it available in the US?

  • Does the SmartQ V5 support soft subtitles in .mkvs?

  • linux – should support mkvs (haven’t tried but i read here Flash is not available… whether or not if there will be flash support for armv6 … dunno… but gnash kinda works. But honestly i just use various midori scripts and/or sites to ripe the flash video and play thru vlc.

    android – doesn’t have flash.. but big chance with flash support android soonish (again kinda depends on smartq firmware tho). but the youtube.apk reportly works.

    wince – i don’t use it at all.. but i read somewhere that there’s a flash lite cab that will work on it.

    i bought mine through (had some issues with shipping but the site owner went above and beyond to make sure my device arrived!)

    I’m really looking forward to future android releases the most… and there are some people working on porting full debian/ubuntu on it (the current ubuntu has some kernel related issues where you can’t update normally … ie no ‘sudo apt-get update && upgrade’)… also when ever Mer decides to pick back up they have more up to date kernels. there’s also reports of getting armstrong linux.

    in the end… it has a lot of promise and portability…

  • also note i use ubuntu 95% of the time… and some of those video problems described in that thread, have be resolved in newer firmware

    ps- v5.4 is currently the best imho (v5.5 has some weird quarks)

  • Thanks for all the info! I’ll be buying the SmartQ V5 soon. I’m surprised the performance of an ARM 11 based chipset has that kind of performance under Ubuntu. Then again, I don’t really know the difference between ARM 11 and ARM Cortex-A8 CPUs other than all the hype on the internet about it.


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