Toshiba is aiming to launch three new tablet PCs in the first quarter of 2011 and has outsourced their production to its Taiwan-based partners Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Technology. The three devices are already set to show up at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2011. Toshiba Taiwan has declined to comment on the reports.
The three new tablet PCs are expected to adopt different operating systems: Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Google’s Android and Chrome OS. Two models are expected to adopt 10.1-inch panels with the remaining one to adopt a 11.6-inch panel. The three tablet PCs are being positioned by Toshiba as an extension of PC products.
In addition to the three tablet PCs, Toshiba also has plans for 7-inch tablet PC products, but the projects will be handled by the company’s handset department, indicating that the devices will feature functions similar to smartphones.