Toshiba Readying Both Android and Windows 7 Tablets, "SmartPad" Coming This October

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At a press conference celebrating 25 years of laptop-making, Mark Whittard, Managing Director of Toshiba Australia, concluded by showed off a prototype for the Toshiba SmartPad, a tablet he said would hit sometime around October of this year.

The suspiciously familiar looking prototype is one of several tablets Toshiba's preparing, relays PC Authority Australia, some of which will run Android and others Windows 7. Whittard didn't say which operating system the SmartPad would run.

There aren't too many details on any of them yet, really, though Whittard said that the SmartPad prototype sported HDMI and USB ports and was slated for a September/October launch. From the looks of things, in terms of design, it won't be too far a departure from the tablet status quo. [PC Authority AU]

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Nobody is going to even touch the iPad's popularity, because you can't beat fire with fire. Evey manufacturer making a black bezelled, silver rimmed, piece of glass called a pad, is no better than the onslaught of iClones back after the iPhone was released.

I'm not sure if it's pushy boards of old men saying "make it like the iPad! It'll sell!" or unimaginative designers.. but this whole pad clone thing is getting irritating.

If.. and I mean IF Google and HTC are collaborating, it better be unique and have a name that nowhere near resembles that of a feminine hygiene product.