Japanese Toshiba is getting ready for a fight as one of its senior employees has confirmed that the price of the tablet will be in line with what that of the iPad 2 tablet.
Speaking to Australian tech website Smarthouse, Rob Wilkinson, General Manager of Toshiba Australia's Information Systems Division (ISD), said that the tablet will be available to most Australian PC retailers.
The PC Channel, rather than carriers, he says, is more suited for that type of device. Furthermore, he added that "We are confident that we can match Apple pricing for their new iPad 2 while delivering a device that is richer in features" before issuing what seems to be a declaration of war.
"We believe that our device is superior to the Apple device, it may be a little heavier (773g) but it does have a lot of features that the iPad 2 does not have" he said.
The Toshiba device, which is uninspiringly named Tablet, will come with an Nvidia Tegra dual core SoC, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels resolution, Android Honeycomb OS, HDMI, a 5-megapixel rear facing and a 2-megapixel front facing camera, USB and mini USB ports, an SD card slot and a removable battery.
The three issues outstanding issues are (a) no one has yet announced when the tablet will be available (b) the previous Toshiba Tablet, the Folio 100, tanked horribly (c) The Tablet is still a full 170g heavier than the iPad 2, that's 30 per cent more.