Toshiba who were the first to show an Android tablet in Australia have finally admitted that their tablet launch strategy is in tatters with the company now claiming that the device is again delayed with no date set for its release.Toshiba UK’s business notebooks chief, Ken Chan, told RegHardware the 10-inch tablet will now arrive later this year. Chan wouldn’t give reasons why the tablet was delayed even when pressed, however.
“It’ll be here at the very end of summer,” Chan said. (Mid-winter in Australia).
The Motorola Xoom Tablet which runs Honeycomb goes on sale in June via Telstra.
Some observers claim that the delay may be due to the recent parts supply shortages that have affected tablets that include the iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Eee Pad Transformer, among others. A less likely reason is that Toshiba will put the next generation NVIDIA Tegra processor into the tablet and is awaiting its release.
The unnamed Toshiba tablet has hardware very similar to other Android 3.0 tablets, including a 1280×800 capacitive, a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and a rear five-megapixel and front 0.2-megapixel camera. There will also be Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB and an SD memory card slot on board.
Originally Toishiba Australia said that they were hoping to launch an Android tablet at Xmas 2010.