Toshiba shows off 5.1-inch tablet prototype with 21:9 aspect ratio


Toshiba hasn't been a pioneer of smaller tablets. In fact, only recently did the company get into sub-10-inch ones when it released its 7-inch Thrive. But I truly think they could be pioneering something quite special, and it might start with the prototype you see above.

It's a 5.1-inch tablet, but unlike other tablets with 16:10, 16:9, or 4:3 ratios, this tablet has a ratio of 21:9. Obviously, it makes this device stand out, but what you may or may not know is that 21:9 is a filmmaker's preferred aspect ratio. It's what the final film is sent out in, and that's why you see the black bars on the bottom of your HDTVs. 

This is why I think Toshiba is thriving to produce a new breed of tablets. In keeping with a very wide aspect ratio, Toshiba is allowing the full movie to be played on the screen; that is, no bars, no cut-offs. Anything that would distract from a movie simply vanishes. 

The finalized device will be released at some point this year. In the meantime, I think we should all speculate what will be inside this rather odd device. I'm placing my bet on a very powerful GPU to be able to play high definition video clips.

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Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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