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Should Toshiba Launch Single Screen W100 Tablet?

We've seen how the Toshiba Libretto W100 dual screen tablet that the Japanese manufacturer has launched, may end up costing nearly £900, a price that will undoubtedly deter a number of prospective customers.

Toshiba might well be advised to look at a cut-down version of the W100, something that would actually be nearer to the AC100, its innovative Android-based Tegra-powered laptop.

Moving from an expensive Intel/Windows environment to the Android/Tegra platform would significantly cut the price of the device while increasing the battery life of the device while keeping the rest of the configuration stable.

A single screen W100 with a 7-inch WXGA capacitive touch display, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, 8-hour battery life and all the bells and whistles that came with the Toshiba TG01; 1GHz Snapdragon processor, built-in accelerometer, 3G/Wi-Fi connectivity, microSD card reader and a USB port.

Even at £450, this tablet would certainly be a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad, much more than the W100 is at the moment. Crucially, a single-screen W100 would ensure that Toshiba is present in a segment where it is not present.

Its current tablet PC range is limited to the M780, a rather unwieldy convertible which costs around £1000 and is more laptop than tablet.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.