Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:08

Toshiba's first pure Windows 7 tablet, Atom powered

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Although Toshiba has made various types of 'tablet' computer for years, it has finally release a pure 'slate' version of a Windows 7 tablet, and as you'd expect, it's ready for Windows 8, with the only question being how powerful it is given it's powered by an Atom processor.

Toshiba's press release for its first pure Windows 7 tablet left out the fact that it's powered by an Atom processor, forcing journalists to go to Toshiba's specs page to find this out for themselves.

Given that Intel's Atom processor is probably the number 1 thing (followed by tiny keyboards) to have besmirched the otherwise popular form factor, one can only hope that the Intel Atom 2600 processor powering Toshiba's new WT200 tablet is much more powerful and faster than the Atom processors of old.

Naturally, once reviewers get their hands on Toshiba's WT200, we'll all find out and will let you know, but discovering it has an Atom processor is a bit of a let down, especially after having used Samsung's Core i5-powered Slate 7 tablet.

That said, Toshiba's new WT200 will retail for AUD $999, or fully $600 cheaper than the Australian RRP for Samsung's Slate 7, but already those interested in the Samsung Slate know a 128GB SSD-equipped model can be purchased from the US at a price much closer to the AUD $1100 mark.

This makes global pricing a factor, and probably means the WT200 can be purchased at a better price overseas too, which won't make Toshiba Australia very happy, and will certainly lead to people checking as to whether overseas purchased WT200 models come with an international warranty, or not.

That said, Toshiba Australia is aiming the WT200 tablet at 'business users' who'll probably get better pricing than the RRP, especially if they purchase in any form of quantity, so initial RRP pricing is really only an indication.

It's really far more important to note that Toshiba's first slate/tablet is here at last, and given Windows 8's massive tablet focus and its impending arrival, it's great to see Toshiba finally getting into the Windows tablet market proper, after years of 'convertible' tablets instead.

Promising 'maximum connectivity and security' for those all-important business users, it will be locally available 'at the end of March through resellers and in selected retail stores in April'.

Toshiba Australia's Product Marketing Manager, Justin White, says that 'The WT200 Tablet is like having a portable office at your fingertips.  

'It offers seamless compatibility with an in-office desktop environment and gives users access to all the essential applications, software and security that business users need on the move.
 
'Organisations can be assured that data is kept secure with the highest levels of data network security through the built-in TPM (Trusted Platform Module), making it the perfect secure mobile device for corporate and government organisations'.
 
'One of the attractions for users is the pre-installed Microsoft Windows 7 Pro platform that enables quick connectivity.  The Toshiba WT200 Tablet also has the added benefit of built-in 3G for easy online access and a range of ports so users can work effectively in or out of the office,' concluded Mr White.
 
As you'd expect, there's a 'Toshiba Multi Dock' available that transforms the WT200 into a 'fully interactive desktop-style experience', especially when 'plugged in to a full screen monitor and speakers' - and presumably a wired or wireless keyboard and mouse, too.
 
Specs on page two, please read on!


Toshiba says its WT200 is 'portable, ultra-thin and light', 'measures 14mm front to back and weighs less than 800g', while featuring 'the full range of ports and interfaces for desktop-like connectivity.'

It has 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD, a 10.1-inch 'wide-view' HD LED-backlit display at 1366x768 resolution (which is the recommended minimum for Windows 8), with 'anti-fingerprint and anti-reflective film for ease of maintenance.'

Other key specifications include:

- Intel Atom 2600 processor

- Frozen silver finish

- 10.1" Wide View Angle High Definition screen with a 1366x768 display

- Genuine Windows® 7 32bit Professional SP1

- Compatible with future Windows operating systems expected to launch in 2012

- Weighing in at less than 800 grams

- Only 14mm thin

- 10 finger multi-touch support

- SD Card slot, Micro HDMI, 1 x USB 2.0 + 1 x Mini USB 2.0, Microphone & headphone Combo port (iPhone type)

- Built-in 3G modem

- 64GB Solid State Drive

- 2GB RAM

- Integrated Web camera Back 3.0M with LED Flash and no Mic (out) and Front 1.3M (in) with LED & Mic

- 3 cell 2700mAh Lithium-Ion battery

The WT200 will be available at the end of March for AUD $999, with more specs and information available at Toshiba's 'MyToshiba' site here.


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