Toshiba Tablet with Android Honeycomb, Tegra 2 processor & Flash (Our Take)

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!
Toshiba Tablet with Honeycomb, Tegra 2 & Flash
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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.

EXTRA FEATURES

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!

  • RITRONITE

    well toshiba produces everything from pen drives 2 hard disk 2 laptops n tablets…….they r a very under rated product brand…..they have immense quality but neva d recognition….take it frm me i hav a toshiba pd n a lappy n i m happy wid it’s performance…….no other lappy cud give me those……..i jus hope this tab gets it’s due!!!!!!!

  • Pritish Kamath

    Great review. Lookin fwd to more such reviews from you. :D

  • http://www.techfreakstuff.com Rohit Sane

    @Pritish Kamath: Its not a review.. This product is not yet launched! Its just what we think about it!

  • http://www.finallyfastpc.com/ Dave

    It’s great to see more and more of these products hit the market place. Through time with technology, quality should always go up and price should go down. Lets hope that trend runs true with this product and a nice price settles on this one!

  • http://www.insitedesignlab.com Jon

    Man I hope this comes out well! I’ve been seriously waiting for an android tablet that costs less than the Xoom. I don’t know what it is but I really don’t want to get an iPad, I just hope that an Android tablet will come to the rescue! Thanks for the post.