Another new product announcement at IFA, this one from Toshiba. They are showing off a prototype of a 7-inch multimedia tablet/MID/PMP they are calling the JournE Touch (not to be confused with the Toshiba Journe, which is a hopped up digital picture frame) which they are hinting may be designed as an “Unannounced Apple Product Killer”. The device is almost all screen save for two small built in speakers and runs Windows CE 6.0 Pro with 802.11b/g WiFi. Codec wise it plays MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, WMV and AAC with easy access to YouTube and Flickr. The thing that sets the JournE apart from other large screen PMP/MID devices running CE, such as the Cowon Q5W is the size, coming in at a slim 14mm thick and weighing under a pound. Very portable and easy to slip into a gear bag.
In terms of storage there is a measly 1GB of built-in but the device takes SDHC cards up to 32MB. Still, that is not much for a device heavily focused on portable video. PMPs of this nature usually have 80G or more to work with. A very nice touch that will partially mitigate the size issue is that it can access portable Hard Drives via a USB port.
Toshiba is not shying away from the similarities to the rumors appearance of the oft leaked but unseen Apple Tablet. In fact they are meeting them head on, saying that the JournE Touch will soon be supported by a Toshiba App store all its own. Window CE Apps, huh? This could be interesting and may make this device worth a look. Toshiba says the JournE will retail for 250 Euro (almost certainly much lower than any equivalent product from “You Know Who”) and debut by the end of the year in Europe and Asia. No word on a US release yet.
Below is a nice video of a demo of the device, courtesy of techvideoblog.com.