Toshiba won't have a Windows RT tablet for launch

On Monday, Microsoft announced that Windows RT devices would be available this fall from Dell, Lenovo and Samsung. Asus has also confirmed it will have a Windows RT tablet for Microsoft's ARM-based operating system this fall. Of course, Microsoft will have it own Windows RT-based Surface for launch on October 26th. However, it looks like Toshiba will now be bailing out of the Windows RT launch party.

Slashgear.com reports that it has received a statement from Toshiba which states:

Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible. For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market. We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions.

Toshiba did show off a prototype tablet to members of the media in mid-June that was running on Windows RT. That tablet had a OMAP 4470 SoC processor from Texas Instrument inside, along with a PowerVR SGX544 graphics processor.

Toshiba did not go into detail on what caused these hardware component delays. It's possible that the TI processor that Toshiba picked simply isn't ready in mass quantities yet. Other Windows RT devices are based on NVIDIA's Tegra chip and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor.

Source: Slashgear.com

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Is it possible that the "delayed component" is actually Windows RT itself? We know that Microsoft is limiting the number of OEMs at launch and it's possible that Toshiba didn't make the cut.

Back to the world based on facts, isn't it odd that there isn't a single TI OMAP4470 device out there? My guess is that part was delayed (it was also the weakest of the 3 ARM SoCs in terms of CPU power). TI didn't have a new OMAP chip this year since they are the lead partner on ARM Cortex A15 chips, so I see them focusing all of their energies there.

dagamer34 said,
Back to the world based on facts, isn't it odd that there isn't a single TI OMAP4470 device out there? My guess is that part was delayed (it was also the weakest of the 3 ARM SoCs in terms of CPU power). TI didn't have a new OMAP chip this year since they are the lead partner on ARM Cortex A15 chips, so I see them focusing all of their energies there.

Interesting observation...

Maybe Toshiba does not want to compete against Microsoft Surface? The rumour of a $199 Surface must **** off a couple of OEM...

TruckWEB said,
Maybe Toshiba does not want to compete against Microsoft Surface? The rumour of a $199 Surface must **** off a couple of OEM...

Since its only a rumor you would think a multi national company would base their business decisions on something more concrete. Or else they'd be scrambling everytime a news site posted an article!

TruckWEB said,
Maybe Toshiba does not want to compete against Microsoft Surface? The rumour of a $199 Surface must **** off a couple of OEM...

Personally what it says to me is that Microsoft were right to throe their hat into the hardware ring, when they have such unreliable partners.

Bleh. Toshiba has been declining over the past years. I remember when they made the best laptops.. in 1997 lol

PmRd said,
Bleh. Toshiba has been declining over the past years. I remember when they made the best laptops.. in 1997 lol

The problem is that people like you seem to all moan about quality woes at ALL the major OEMs xD

thealexweb said,

The problem is that people like you seem to all moan about quality woes at ALL the major OEMs xD


Because with very few yet notable exceptions they all suck.

siah1214 said,

Because with very few yet notable exceptions they all suck.
It also depends on what you buy. If you buy some cheap laptop aimed at the consumer market then it's going to suck. If you buy an expensive laptop aimed at the business/pro market then it will be much better (e.g. comparing an HP DV series notebook with an HP EliteBook series notebook).

thealexweb said,

The problem is that people like you seem to all moan about quality woes at ALL the major OEMs xD

Hey thanks for pretending to know me!

virtorio said,
Yeah. I still have one from 2000 that still works.

Haha snap, I've got 2, one from 1997 running memphis and one from 1998 that lacked a screen that I got for free running XP embedded, both run flawlessly!

n_K said,

Haha snap, I've got 2, one from 1997 running memphis and one from 1998 that lacked a screen that I got for free running XP embedded, both run flawlessly!

Did you really just prefer windows 98 by its code band? If so very awesome