Toshiba a no-go for the UMPC
Looks like Toshiba is not entering the UMPC as previously speculated by us, Hugo, and others who read the article.
Matt Codington, Toshiba’s Product Manager, who was interviewed for the APC Mag article had this to say as a comment on Hugo’s blog:
You’ll know that Toshiba has a very strong partnership with Microsoft and will continue to push these boundaries to develop real productivity tools and easy to use consumer devices. I’m sure Dan will agree with me when I tell you that our discussion had many points of reference, and although a device like this is a possible extension of the next mobile platform, I’m not sure it meets a real need? Too heavy to carry in your pocket, and probably can’t be used for extended periods [outside battery life] with a 7Ã¢â‚¬Â screen?
So I hope I’m not going to disappoint your readers when I tell you that although Toshiba is going to continue to be at the leading edge of technology there are no plans to bring an Ã¢â‚¬ËœOrigami’ type UMPC device to market. Having said that things are always in the works