It’s raining tablets and while there hasn’t been any significant competition towards Apple’s hugely successful iPad (and iPad 2) except Motorola Xoom there have been a lot of promising tablets announced by other big manufacturers. One of them is the yet unnamed tablet from Toshiba. (Remember, How it is taunting Apple about the missing Flash functionality?)
Toshiba has stayed away from naming the unreleased slate as Folio 2 for obvious reasons. The original Folio 100 tablet was a disaster from the word go. But, this Tablet seems pretty promising!
The Toshiba tablet boasts of a full 10.1 inch capacitive multi touch display with a resolution of 1280 X 800 (720p) and an aspect ratio of 16:10 which would be great for watching HD videos.
It has stereo speakers with SRS audio enhancements. Well, we basically should expect a decent quality sound from it. Even though it is supposed to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, we never know if it is shipped with some newer version(if it is release by then) It has a 5MP autofocus rear camera without LED flash and a 2MP front facing webcam for making video calls. It weighs 1.7 pounds and is 0.6 inches thin.
PORTS and INTERNALS
It has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core CPU running at 1 GHz and 1GB RAM. It has a Fullsize USB port, so hurray for hot plugging! Mini USB port, HDMI port & an SD cardslot. A 3.5 mm headphone jack is also present.
It has GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity. Bluetooth is supported. 3G is optional although it is not known if it will have 4G connectivity. It also comes with a docking port which can be used for charging or for external connectivity.
The Toshiba tablet ships with a software enhancement called Resolution+, this is basically said to enhance photos and standard definition videos to a higher quality. That being said, it remains to be seen on what kind of videos and photos it gives the best results. The back cover is rubberized which provides an easy grip and it isswappable and Toshiba will be shipping different color variants of it. The batteryis user replaceable which is a huge bonus to people who travel long distances and run out of juice midway. It has full flash compatibility that enables users to enjoy the entire web experience.
FINAL THOUGHTS and EXPECTATIONS
Toshiba’s track record shows good quality, cost effective products. Initial impressions of this tablet only verify those claims. The price and release dates aren’t mentioned however it has a pre-order page on Amazon(seems to be unreliable though). A leaked Stapled memo shows that the basic Wi-Fi only model costs 499$ and is said to release in mid June. However, Toshiba is yet to make an official announcement to that effect. Overall, a great Tablet if Toshiba gets the price right!