Toshiba just made your tablet choice slightly more difficult by confirming its soon-to-come Android 3.1 Thrive tablet. If the specs are any indication, the Thrive will be one of the best tablets available on the market. The 10.1 inch beauty is powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2, the recently introduced powerful APU for handsets and tablets. WiFi and Bluetooth are also parts of the package, along with USB and HDMI ports and an SD card slot for data transfer options. There are shooters on the front as well as the back (2MP and 5MP respectively).
One of the best features of the tablet is it’s removable battery. With battery life being one of the biggest factors while buying a gadget these days a replaceable battery is a huge plus for any device. Since the tablet runs Android alongside a relatively power-hungry Tegra 2, we believe the replaceable battery feature could easily be one of the device’s major selling points. Another interesting piece of news in the battery department is that the device can pull a 90% charge in roughly 90 minutes.
Swype, one of the more common touchscreen input alternatives, will come pre-installed (with an option to switch to the default Android keyboard). Also pre-installed will be Toshiba’s proprietary file manager solution for Android. Another Toshiba branded software will be the Resolution+ used to scale up videos. With so many features included “with” the tablet, it’s no secret that Toshiba is trying to differentiate its Android offering as well as it can from the dozens of other Android tablets on the market.
Pre-orders for the Toshiba Thrive will start in the US on June 13, with no official release set for the rest of the world. Toshiba seems to have gotten the pricing just about right, too – $429 for the 8GB model, $479 for 16GB and $579 for 32GB. The prices for the 16 and 32 GB models are both $20 less than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as the iPad 2.
We’re eagerly waiting to get our hands on one of these around mid-July when it starts shipping. Stay tuned for a complete review!
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