IT SEEMS THAT Nvidia's Tegra is like London's buses, you wait ages for one then two turn up at the same time.
Toshiba's Smartpad is the firm's attempt at an Ipad-esque tablet that will use Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip. This is the second device that has been confirmed to ship with Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip. On Friday we reported LG's announcement that its Optimus series of smartphones will use the Tegra 2 chip. Now it seems that the Green Goblin is on a bit of a roll, with pictures of Toshiba's unit surfacing.
The tablet is likely to be shown off at the upcoming IFA show in Berlin next month, though it was pictured from afar at a Toshiba birthday bash celebrating 25 years since the firm released its first laptop. Judging by the pictures, it seems Toshiba has heavily mimicked Apple's Ipad, though it opted for four flush mounted buttons.
Unlike the Ipad, there's a built-in webcam and the possibility of a port replicator. Most will be excited by the fact that the pictures show two USB ports, one full size and the other 'mini', and HDMI output. Given that the device will ship with Google's Android operating system, it will have support for Adobe's Flash player, proper multitasking and not be restricted to Apple's App Store. All this is shaping up to make Toshiba's device looks like a useful bit of kit.
No pricing or availability details were revealed in the leaked documents, though we expect to see something around the first week of September at IFA. µ