Toshiba has canceled its plans to create Windows RT-powered tablets and will instead focus on devices that run Microsoft’s more powerful Windows 8 operating system. Windows RT devices are expected to fall in at lower price points and will run on ARM-based processors, instead of x86-based chips that Windows 8 computers will employ. The company said that its decision was made due to component delays, but it did not say which components were causing a the hold-up.
“Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible,” Toshiba spokesperson Eric Paulsen said. “For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market. We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions.”
At least it sounds like Windows RT tablets aren’t completely ruled out, but we have to wonder if perhaps Toshiba is, like Acer, a bit upset that Microsoft is releasing its own Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets. Perhaps Toshiba doesn’t think it will be able to compete as aggressively at launch, although we’re not discounting its claims of component shortages.