The Thrive tablet offers Tegra 2, 10.1-inch screen and Android 3.1 - starting at $ 430
Toshiba was one of the first to try to compete with a monster called the iPad, somewhere late last year, with a Tegra 2 tablet called Folio 100 (just like the polio pages, yes). The experience did not work, and the company had to deal with Unflattering reviews And a wave of complaints he brought Download the tablet from the UK store shelves.
Toshiba has been defeated, but not defeated, it seems, and now, after more than half a year, it is ready for another round in front of the well-oiled machine of Steve Jobs (and the many impressive Android devices added to it during this period) טאבלט Its Thrive, whose name leaves little room for imagination about the company's hopes for success and prosperity in this market.
The Thrive tablet keeps the Folio 2's Tegra 100 processor, although this should not surprise anyone, since the device is based on Android system in 3.1 version Which, like Honeycomb, is available, at the moment of writing, only to a system on a chip from home NVIDIA.
The screen size also remains the same - 10.1 inches, this time with an improved resolution of 1280 × 800 (lucky people who have had personal experience with the device claim that the impressive viewing angles it offers may indicate that the panel was used IPS, And not in the "simple" TN panel).
The Thrive offers 1GB RAM, camera 2 front-end megapixels and 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, and a full-size HDMI connection USB Full size 2.0 and SD card reader (full size, type) that should make communication between the tablet and other devices easier and easier.
In addition, the Thrive offers a rough-textured back panel for better grip that can be replaced with a variety of colors ($ 20 per piece, in case you were wondering), in addition to the device's battery (which provides 23 watts per hour) - which the user can replace on their own (hallelujah!) .
The company also promises to offer various docking stations along with the device, in what appears to be the hot trend of the current era in the Talbot market.
Externally, the Thrive offers a thickness of 16 millimeters and a weight of 725 grams - data that may not put you in the risk group for rupture, but certainly sound in another league in the age of devices such as The iPad 2 וThe Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1.
Toshiba plans to build on the basic interface of the operating system (without their own unique shell), along with some unique software like the file management system, the control and operation system for your media, and a dedicated system that improves the quality of video playback. This is a refreshing idea that may well attract all those who dislike the interfaces that most companies in the market "wear" on their products.
The Thrive is expected to arrive in stores next month and is available For an early invitation already At the price of 430 dollars for a version with 8GB of internal storage, 480 dollars to a version on 16GB and 580 dollars to the 32GB version. very few Tablets Today they offer a version with "only" 8GB of volume storage Internal, but if this is what allows Toshiba to offer a price that is about $ 70 lower than most competitors in the market - who are we to raise an eyebrow?
Toshiba is betting here on an attractive price for a device equipped with every good - an idea we are always in favor of, although on the other hand we should not forget that Asus is already selling The Eee Pad Transformer, Which offers very similar material data in a thinner and lighter envelope, in 400 dollars per unit (with 16GB volume storage Internal), so we have no doubt that Toshiba expects a very simple competition at all.