Toshiba cancels plans for a Windows RT tablet

Toshiba cancels plans for a Windows RT tablet
Japanese electronics maker Toshiba scrapped plans to make a Windows RT tablet based on Microsoft's latest Windows 8 operating system blaming a delay in getting components.

Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible,” Eric Paulsen, a spokesman for Toshiba USA said. “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.”

Originally, Toshiba planned to bring an ARM-based Windows 8 tablet running on a Texas Instruments chip, but it's not clear whether it was the processor or other components that forced the company to revert its decision to build Windows tablets.

This might mean a slower start for Windows 8 on tablets, as another company, Acer, has also expressed its scepticism for the Microsoft Surface slate. Still, there are plenty of other companies like Samsung, Asus and Lenovo planning to introduce devices with the platform.

source: Bloomberg



1. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

wow... they might loose some manufacturers but still im looking forward on a windows RT tablet... surface is rumored to be price at $199 thats a big win!!!

3. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

are u dreaming? a microsoft tablet with $199 pricetag? i really doubt that figure.

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

they just report it... but the news was so yesterday.. i wonder why PA was not that fast on WP and BB news but they are speedy on android and iOS news! fanboy much..

7. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Mr. Daniel:- Plans behind $199 price tag is to destroy rotten "Apple" and cover half of the market with Android....Hope it makes sense...!!!

2. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

so who will be the partner texas instruments? since toshiba is the only partner on TI... ( i really want nokia to make a tablet... i wonder if microsoft will fill the gap on 7" tablet that is ruled by andriod (nexus and kindle) but if they are win8 dont make a lot of sense to me... WP8 has a good interface on that size of screen!! so i think WP8 on a 7" tablet is a good choice! and i want nokia to make one.. with the design of the lumia 900/800/ N9

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

now that Texas Instrument has no official partner who will be TI's partners going to be? are they really serious of dropping their mobile chip for some analog chip?! i think TI should partner with nokia!!! so that nokia will make a tablet!!! i wonder why microsoft didnt allow samsung's own Exynos chips.. those chips are beast!!! maybe it would be unfair to other manufacturers?? since Microsoft only allow the chip maker to partner with two manufacturers, it will be small... they only allow 3 chip makers to make win8 RT with there chips, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments NVIDIA - ASUS and Lenovo Qualcomm - Samsung and Dell (HP drop the win8 RT tablets.. but i wonder why they are showing ads with a tablet running win8.. maybe the intel variant) Texas Instrument - Nothing (Toshiba why you drop to make one?) so if that loud mouth acer will make tablets with win8 RT i think they will be the partner of TI (TI please dont drop the mobile chips for some analog chips!!) but i want samsung to use its own technology with its tablet.. even i dont like samsung devices (i like there appliance) thay need to make win8 RT with Exynos!! that chip is a beast!

6. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

And this is exactly why microsoft needs to make their own tablet, rest of the oems are apparently not serious enough or capable enough to bring something game changing to the market...

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