Seems like Toshiba will be the next maker to launch their Tablets later this year. Like the iPad, the Toshiba slate devices are designed for for online video, music, e-books, and other content.

Toshiba says it will launch slate devices later in 2010, including models that run either the Microsoft Windows 7 or Google Android operating systems.

Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for Toshiba America, tells Reuters that his company is exploring several tablet form factors, including a dual-screen tablet that runs Windows, and another slate with a 10-inch display. He predicts that these new tablets won’t cannibalize netbook sales, despite the overlap in functionality. The Android-based device would cost less than the Windows tablet, Reuters reports. Both tablets, like the Apple iPad, would be used primarily for media consumption, including online video, music, e-books, and other digitized content.

Toshiba was a key partner in Microsoft’s tablet (convertible notebook) initiative a few years ago, and it is clear that the Japanese company has been thinking about a dedicated slate device for a while. Late last year it unveiled the 7-inch Journ.E Internet and Multimedia tablet (above pic) at the IFA electronics fair in Berlin.

Source: PC World