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Toshiba Surprises With Touch-Screen Tablet

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Toshiba surprised IFA attendees with its new touch-screen tablet.

CNET News, currently attending the IFA convention in Berlin, is reporting that Toshiba surprised the audience with the reveal of its first touch-screen tablet, the JournE. Touch. While the name recalls memories of Steve Perry's tenor voice and the 80's mullet hairdo, the device definitely makes us salivate for a hands-on impression. Weighing less than a pound and featuring a 7-inch screen, Toshiba is not only aiming to beat competitors to the market, but offer a third Internet device in the home for consumers.

Toshiba executive Marco Perino told CNET that the JournE's prime goal is to give consumers access to the Internet without having to boot up the PC (although most of us leave the PC on anyway, so that point seems moot). It's also an alternative to Internet-ready smartphones that provide small, "not so practical" keyboards. Perino also said that the device would be perfect for sharing content to other devices within the home, such as connecting it to a TV and steaming web-based video and photos.

On the hardware side, the device features an ARM processor, Windows CE, and integrated Wi-Fi. The device is only a half-inch thick, however according to CNET, the touchpad isn't designed for data input (but has an application for typing). Toshiba hasn't released an official press release as of yet, so expect more hardware specs to appear soon.

The JournE Touch is expected to ship in Europe first by the end of 2009, with other regions to follow thereafter. As for pricing, the tablet is slated to retail for (roughly) $360, or 249 Euros.

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    Major7up , September 3, 2009 10:46 PM
    Boring....
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    matt87_50 , September 3, 2009 11:11 PM
    lol, if it was apple, this would be the biggest news on the planet at the moment (sadly).

    also, everyone I know turns their computers off when they are not using them. to save power. so this would be useful to me, specially if its got an ultra fast boot up. (seriously, an idle computer uses as much power as a fridge with its motor going). I know they say that its bad for the components turning the comp on and off, but they've lasted fine for me.

    also, you could make it into a super awesome universal remote!
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    zerapio , September 3, 2009 11:35 PM
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    I know they say that its bad for the components turning the comp on and off, but they've lasted fine for me

    Only clueless people say that. At home I always turn my systems off. I work I always leave it on so I can log in remotely. The only time in my life that a component has failed me was the MB at work. This isn't proof of anything but certainly doesn't support the argument that leaving the PC on makes it last longer.
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    Platypus , September 4, 2009 12:02 AM
    The turning them on/off wears them down a little bit more (as can be seen in tests), but most folks, especially those who would visit technical sites like this one regularly (such as you and me), discard or upgrade their hardware before the effects of turning it on/off even set in.

    Also...
    Kevin ParrishPerino also said that the device would be perfect for sharing content to other devices within the home, such as connecting it to a TV and steaming web-based video and photos.

    Please send your steamy videos and photos to wannabuyspellcheck@editor.com
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    griffed88 , September 4, 2009 12:36 AM
    lol steaming web-based videos and photo's lol
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    tektek , September 4, 2009 2:15 AM
    WOA thats what my IPHONE looks like when i put it under water..same size and look!!!
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    tayb , September 4, 2009 5:26 AM
    Hm. Anyone care to explain how I would go about steaming web-based photos and videos? Or is this the 10,000th example of god-awful writing/editing (or, to put it more accurately, the complete LACK of any kind of editing) at Tom's hardware?

    A 7th grader student would have caught that error in the first round of editing. A dumb 7th grader.
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    bin1127 , September 4, 2009 5:42 AM
    "although most of us leave the PC on anyway"...

    come one ppl. if you own a corei7 it takes 30secs to boot up. don't waste power like this.
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    xrodney , September 4, 2009 8:25 AM
    Matt87_50lol, if it was apple, this would be the biggest news on the planet at the moment (sadly).also, everyone I know turns their computers off when they are not using them. to save power. so this would be useful to me, specially if its got an ultra fast boot up. (seriously, an idle computer uses as much power as a fridge with its motor going). I know they say that its bad for the components turning the comp on and off, but they've lasted fine for me. also, you could make it into a super awesome universal remote!

    Just FYI fridge can take as much as 1-2KW (depending on size) with its cooling system active and i seriously doubt any normal PC can use that much. Point in fridge is that its cooling system is working just for very short time each hour thus making it more power efficient.
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    backbydemand , September 4, 2009 8:25 AM
    yousuckidiot30 seconds on an i7? wow you're a fucking noob. idiot.


    Why is this guy a noob if he says his Core i7 starts up in 30 seconds? My Core i7 does it faster than that, less than 30 seconds now I have my SSD. Who's the fucking n00b now? Idiot.
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    tbq , September 4, 2009 10:07 AM
    Can it run Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?
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    eddieroolz , September 4, 2009 10:14 AM
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    although most of us leave the PC on anyway, so that point seems moot


    I disagree. Something like a laptop needs to be turned off while transiting from and to university and between classes. Also, it is immensely useful if you need to go on the web to check, say, available study rooms at your campus. Currently, my laptop still requires about 5 seconds to resume from sleep in Windows 7; it's not slow, but I find it rather pointless to fully awaken the machine just to turn it off in a minute or two.

    Also, I always turn my computer off at night. I don't want to sleep with the noise, and if it ain't doing anything it's better to just turn it off to save power.
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    joebob2000 , September 4, 2009 1:50 PM
    So does anyone know if this tablet self-orients the screen Anyway You Want It?

    It's important that you Don't Stop Believing that there are players besides Apple in the "stylish computing" market.

    So, Who's Crying Now that Apple was beaten to the punch on the tablet race... does anyone think that the conference Sept 9 will still have Apple faithfuls accepting an iTablet with Open Arms? After All These Years, When You Love a Woman, Never Walk Away, Faithfully, Lovin' You is Easy.

    This probably makes no sense... Go ask your parents.
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    fwupow , September 4, 2009 2:21 PM
    My Apple II starts up in 5 seconds Baby! Rom-resident OS, beotch. Eat your heart out.
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    kartu , September 4, 2009 2:31 PM
    Design sucks, but I was looking for this kind of "bigger than phone touchscreen thingy" for my 2 year old daughter.
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    Honis , September 4, 2009 6:36 PM
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    (although most of us leave the PC on anyway, so that point seems moot)
    You need to stop calling yourself everyone. This is a problem I've noticed with most Tom's writers. You are you, not most everyone.

    I'd love this device in my own home and on the run. Less than a pound, touchscreen, etc. If it only came with the option of something besides Windows.