Toshiba goes head-to-head against Apple with tablet and ultrabook

Toshiba goes head-to-head against Apple with tablet and ultrabook

Summary: Can Toshiba compete against Apple by going super-skinny?


Toshiba is hoping to grab some attention (and possibly some customers from Apple) by releasing an Android-powered tablet and a slim ultrabook.

Toshiba made the announcement at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany.

The tablet, called the AT220, is powered by the Android 'Honeycomb' OS, features a 10.1-inch display which sports a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. But what sets the AT220 apart from other tablets is how thin it is - 0.3-inch/7.7mm thin, thinner than both the iPad 2 (8.8mm) and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm).

Thin, it seems, is in!

Toshiba is also jumping onto Intel's Ultrabook bandwagon with the Portégé Z830.

Lots of cool stuff on the Z830:

  • 13.3-inch HD LED screen
  • 128GB solid state drive
  • Backlit keyboard which is spill-resistant
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet

The Z830 is also super-skinny at 0.6-inch/15.9mm.

Both devices will ship during the fourth quarter of 2011. No details have been given on pricing.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets, Toshiba

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  • RE: Toshiba goes head-to-head against Apple with tablet and ultrabook

    Looks promising.
  • Decisions Decisions

    New UL or wait for a Win8 tablet......

  • Skinny alone won't do it;

    the quality and performance of both hardware and OS will be critical. This doesn't mean "specs", but rather how well the devices are built and how smoothly the device operates with their given OSes. This means component quality within the devices are more important than mere labels.

    I like Toshiba's PCs. If these devices match that kind of quality, the the competition should be strong.
  • RE: Toshiba goes head-to-head against Apple with tablet and ultrabook

    After a certain point, I don't want something to get too thin. It then starts to look flimsy and fragile. I do not want a tablet as thin as a credit card unless you can prove to me it will not snap in half.
  • Android market is getting bigger and more serious

    Toshiba's track record on the quality front will certainly give them a somewhat upmarket "aura". There is more and more choice in Android market. No one competitor but the fact that there is more and more choice is what's really a threat to Apples position.