Toshiba Takes on the Apple Tablet

Posted by Zealot on Sep 04, 2009

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toshiba_journe_touch_1 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.

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By day a department manager and writer for a major network device vendor...by night Zealot stalks the mean magnetic streets, striking fear into the hearts of bandwidth abusers and theme park mascots. Zealot has been involved with mobile devices for more than a decade now, starting off with dumb phones, moving to PDAs and then to smartphones, notebooks and netbooks with the odd PMP thrown in. Most of his mobile time currently is spent on a Treo Pro, Zune HD, Thinkpad T61, HP Mini 311, iPod Touch 3G, iPad 16G or a Hackintoshed Compaq Mini 704. He proudly groks the Geek community and considers himself a Neo Maxi Zune Dweebie (thanks Wil Wheaton!).

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    Windows CE apps aren't as unlikely as you may think. As far as I remember, Handheld PCs ran standard Windows CE, so maybe any apps that ran on Handheld PCs can run on this.

    Granted, those would be some pretty old apps, but there still might be some gems out there.

    Steve

  • hcgadmin

    This is really a nice device. However, further updates will have to address the minimum capacity if this is to be a truly HD portable media player.

  • hcgadmin

    This is really a nice device. However, further updates will have to address the minimum capacity if this is to be a truly HD portable media player.

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