Toshiba aficionados (this writer being one) waiting patiently for the launch of the new Thrive tablet just got a nice tease when the Thrive appeared briefly for sale yesterday on JR.com. Moments later, the listing was taken down without explanation. Was this brief preview a contrived marketing scheme by Toshiba? Or did JR.com jump the gun? Who knows. But the listing, alive and well in Google cache, natch, complete with pricing and specifications, is responsible for a lot of excited consumers who are in the market for a new and powerful, take-anywhere Tablet device.
How much does this Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet cost? Well, it’s not the cheapest tablet out there, but considering it’s made by Toshiba, and fueled by a powerful 1 GHz Dual core Tegra 2 processor, the Thrive is worth it in my view. The 32GB version can be had for $579, and you will need to shell out $449 to own the 8GB version. Except for the true power user and ardent gamer, a 8GB device should satisfy the majority of tablet consumers.
Toshiba Thrive Tablet Price:
$449 For 8GB Toshiba Thrive Tablet
$579 for 32GB Toshiba Thrive Tablet
These price points are not written in stone, but they afford us a pretty good idea of what consumers can expect to pay for a brand spanking new Thrive without any discounts.
Let’s take a look at the specs. They are a sight to behold. The Thrive offers a generous 10.1″ screen, complete with a display resolution of 1280×800 and a multitouch smart screen “automatically adjusting contrast and brightness.”
The cameras feature a 2MP HD webcam with microphone on the front and a 5MP webcam with auto-focus and digital zoom allowing for 720p video capture.
The slim tablet sized at 10.75″ W x 0.62″ D x 6.97″ H, is easy to tote around at just 1.6 lbs. The connectivity offers Wi-Fi Wireless Networking Bluetooth version 3.0.
And there are ample ports. The Thrive comes equipped with a full-size SD Card slot, full sized HDMI port, full sized USB v2.0 port, mini-USB v2.0 port and a dock connector port.
You can drool over the remaining specs here.
Meanwhile, there’s still no official word from Toshiba on the international launch date, but that hasn’t stopped the company from frequently delaying the Thrive. Still, we all can dream, right?