Toshiba Tablet Gives Larger View
Toshiba's Portege 3500, the company's first computer based on Microsoft's new Tablet PC OS, features a 12-inch swiveling screen.Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. on Thursday will introduce the Portege 3500, the companys first computer that runs Microsoft Corp.s new Tablet PC operating system. Microsoft is launching the long-awaited OS on Thursday. Based on Windows XP, the Tablet PC system combines pen-based handheld computing and speech recognition with a traditional PC operating system, enabling users to scribble notes directly onto applications and integrate text and voice. Weighing in at 4.1 pounds, the Portege 3500 Tablet PC includes a full-size keyboard and a 12-inch screen that can swivel to lie on top of the keyboard when users want to enter data with the pen instead. Because several Tablet PC licensees are announcing their hardware at the same time and they all run the same OS, the manufacturers have distinguished their products with slight variations in form factor. Hewlett-Packard Co., for example, includes a detachable keyboard. Toshiba includes a larger screen.
Toshibas Tablet PC includes Intel Corp.s Pentium III-M 1.33GHz processor, 256MB of RAM, integrated support for 10/100 Ethernet, an integrated 802.11b (Wi-Fi) WLAN radio and V.90 56K-bps modem, a Type II PC Card slot, a Secure Digital expansion slot and a CompactFlash II slot. Customers also have the option of ordering support for the Bluetooth short-range wireless protocol, Marking said. Future versions of the computer will have support for 802.11a as well, Craig Marking, product manager at Toshibas Computer Systems Group, in Irvine, Calif.