the next Nexus T, aka the next hero Google device. This device was the United States version of Japan's Toshiba Regza, both of these devices essentially one in the same save for the Japanese version's silver back as opposed to the Thrive's black. We've heard of major delays for this device as well as prices sitting right around $429 or so with a few snips up or down here and there today. Finally, only a week ago we were told there were going to be pre-orders for this tablet sooner than later. What have we learned today?
thrown open pre-orders for its Thrive Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet, ahead of shipments beginning in mid-July. Priced from $449.99 for the 8GB model - with the 16GB at $479.99 and the 32GB at $579.99 - the Toshiba Thrive has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display, full-sized HDMI output and a removable battery. Inside is NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, along with GPS, an accelerometer, digital compass, Bluetooth, WiFi b/g/n and 1GB of RAM. The battery is a 23Wh pack; Toshiba isn't saying how long that should last, but being able to switch it out for a second one should answer most questions about longevity. There's also twin cameras - 5-megapixels up front, 2-megapixels on the back - USB 2.0 and mini USB ports, a full-sized SD card slot, screen rotation lock-switch and a rubberized back plate for easier gripping. In short, it seems like Toshiba has really thought through a lot of what would-be tablet buyers are looking for, though we won't know for sue until review units start arriving. [youtube Cgvs0LTneh8] [via Notebook Italia]
Toshiba tablet we have covered a few times. We even saw it way back in January looking the same as it does now. It was originally known as the Regza and original leaks suggested a $700 price tag. Today we have better news that this tablet will be starting as low as $429
Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet official, with the 10.1-inch slate newly christened the Toshiba Regza Tablet AT300. Fronted by a 1280 x 800 "Adaptive Display" which promises better visibility when outdoors, the AT300 runs NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, HDMI, an SD card slot, USB and miniUSB. There's also a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front, along with a battery Toshiba reckons is good for up to 7hrs use. Interestingly, there's also Toshiba's "Regza Apps Connect" which allows the AT300 slate to integrate with other devices from the company's A/V range, including HDTVs, Blu-ray players and notebooks. It will hit Japan in June, priced at the equivalent of around $700; US availability is tipped for sometime in the first half of 2011. [gallery] [via CrunchGear]
Amazon, though still lacks a price or a release date. First tipped back in January, the NVIDIA Tegra 2 based 10.1-inch slate has a 2-megapixel front camera, 5-megapixel rear camera, and runs at 1280 x 800 resolution like the Motorola XOOM. There's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, a full-sized USB 2.0 port and a miniUSB port, a full-sized SD card slot and an HDMI port. The rubberized back panel is user-interchangeable, as is the battery, though there's no word on how long it should last. Toshiba is also readying a docking station for the unnamed slate, with "additional connectivity ports," and there's obviously Android Market access. No word exactly on launch dates from Toshiba, but previous rumors have suggested the slate will drop in the first half of 2011. [gallery] [Thanks John!] Product Description:
Well-equipped with stand-out performance and features plus smart technologies that adapt to the way you want to use it, the Android-powered Toshiba Tablet features a brilliant 10.1-inch wideview screen with Toshiba Adaptive Display technology and an advanced NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor. Powered by the Android OS, the Toshiba Tablet is ready to delight and entertain, delivering a lightning-fast web experience complete with support for Adobe Flash and a broad range of HD multimedia content--including rich console-like games and movies. The Toshiba Tablet features both a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for taking high-resolution photos and videos, and it includes integrated GPS and compass so you can take advantage of location-based services. It also offers built-in HDMI, USB, mini-USB and SD memory card ports, making it easy to share content with your other devices. It's loaded with exclusive Toshiba smart technologies, like Resolution+ video upconversion as well as ambient screen and sound technologies to enhance your Tablet experience. Other features include ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth with connectivity to peripherals plus stereo headphones, user replaceable battery, and access to more Android apps via the Toshiba App Place and Android Market. Dressed in an exclusive soft-to-the-touch Easy Grip surface, the Toshiba Tablet is comfortable and customizable, with changeable backplates available in a spectrum of exciting colors. An optional docking stations allows you to connect and recharge the device at a desk or at home, and it provides additional connectivity ports. A Complete Web Experience, with Support for Adobe Flash With Android, the Toshiba Tablet provides support for Adobe Flash, delivering a complete web experience to help you explore, discover, and interact. You'll enjoy more satisfying social networking, games, streaming video and more, with all the animations you expect. Toshiba Places (Marketplace) Once you start using mobile apps on your Toshiba Tablet, you're sure to come looking for more. So while you're shopping around, be sure to stop by the Toshiba App Place, which complements the Android Market by providing a wide selection of widgets ranked by quality and popularity. To save you time, Toshiba Places even screens out offerings incompatible with your device. 10.1-Inch Wideview Display With the high-resolution 10.1-inch LED-backlit display, you won't have to squint to see web sites or movies. It's well-sized for surfing the Internet, and it offers a 1280 x 800-pixel HD resolution (native 720p) and 16:10 aspect ratio, which also creates a cinematic experience for movie viewing and gaming. The unique slip-resistant rubberized surface is more comfortable to the touch and easy to hold. Toshiba Screen Technologies Toshiba's Adaptive Display technology ensures that you get the best visual experience, automatically adjusting the display's brightness and color to the lighting environment--making it readable even on the sunniest parts of the patio. The tablet also features a built-in motion sensor that enables full screen rotation and includes a rotation-lock switch to set the display in position when the user chooses. In addition, the tablet includes an on-screen keyboard with Haptic feedback for more accurate typing. NVIDIA Tegra 2 Mobile Processor Powered by the world's most advanced mobile processor--the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 with integrated NVIDIA graphics--you'll be able browse the web at unprecedented speed, experience amazing graphics in the latest games and multimedia and benefit from accelerated multi-tasking. The NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor also delivers smooth, full frame-rate 1080p HD video playback. Dual Cameras Videoconference with clarity via the front-facing 2-megapixel webcam with integrated microphone. Wherever you want to be part of the conversation, the Toshiba Tablet makes sure you always look and sound your best. The 5-megapixel rear camera provides an auto-focus lens and it can also capture HD 720p videos. It's also great for augmented reality apps, which enhance what you're seeing through the viewfinder (and experiencing firsthand) by overlaying sound, graphics, and relevant text. Always Entertaining Toshiba's Resolution+ video enhancement technology improves color, contrast and sharpness, upconverting standard definition video to a more high definition look. Additionally, Toshiba sound enhancement technology boosts the audio experience--adding more robust sound capabilities to the device's stereo speakers. The Toshiba Tablet not only has a well-sized display, but you can use its built-in HDMI port to share on a bigscreen TV all the stuff you've captured and carried around--in up to 1080p full HD resolution. Usability Features Sensors (Gyroscope, Accelerometer, e-Compass, GPS and Ambient Light) Upside-down. Sideways. Even miles from nowhere. Wherever you take it, the Toshiba Tablet knows where it is, and which way is up, thanks to onboard suite of sensors including a gyroscope, accelerometer,e- compass and GPS. Tilt it into a portrait or landscape format—through a full 360 degrees of rotation—for the very best viewing. Experience a whole new way to play games. Note your location most anywhere on Earth. And take advantage of today’s popular map applications, photo tagging and more. Screen Rotation Lock Switch If you're reading a web page, scanning mail, playing a game while lying on your side--or using apps suited for a specific orientation--you'll want to keep the same format even if you move around. That's why the Toshiba Tablet comes with a special screen rotation lock switch. User-Replaceable Battery Keep your tablet--and yourself--running stronger, faster, longer, thanks to an easily replaceable battery. Be sure to have a second battery pack ready in your bag or at the office so you can double your unplugged computing time when inspiration strikes. User-Replaceable Backplates With its interchangeable multicolored backplates the Toshiba Tablet is ready to go with whatever mood strikes you. Customize or change up your tablet however you like. Then hit the streets with a style that says you. Connectivity Wireless-N Wi-Fi The Toshiba Tablet's advanced integrated Wi-Fi offers an easier, more affordable way to stay in touch. Plus, it also enables Wi-Fi tethering, transforming your tablet into an Internet gateway for other wireless gear, and turning the spot on which you're standing into the hottest spot around. Bluetooth Along with built-in Wi-Fi you'll also enjoy onboard Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it easy to expand your comfort and convenience by using wireless gear like a mouse, printer or headphones. Full-size SD Card Reader Sharing your photos, video clips, playlists and other files makes mobile life more fun. And the Toshiba Tablet offers a handy Memory Card Reader for your full-size SD Cards. It simplifies transferring large files to and from your tablet, expanding your storage capabilities, and pulling pictures from your digital camera. Full-size USB 2.0 and Mini USB Ports Feel free to transfer and share files with your other gear and many of today's most popular gadgets, courtesy of USB 2.0 and mini USB ports on your Toshiba Tablet.
leaked tablet roadmap document spotted earlier in the week has emerged, this time attributed to retailer Staples. Though no longer showing pricing information, the document passed to DroidLife adds in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 expected to launch at CTIA 2011 later this month. There's also a lot less detail in the release dates this time around. That could well be a response to the iPad 2; several manufacturers are believed to have tweaked their launch schedules as a result of the second-generation Apple tablet. Still, the 10-inch HTC Honeycomb slate and models from Dell, Acer and Toshiba are all present. They were originally pegged for a June 2011 launch, though that may well have changed. [via Engadget]
PreCentral is only really interested in the HP Touchpad and a new 7-inch webOS tablet, the HP Opal, but also in the line-up are 10-inch slates from HTC, Dell, Acer and Toshiba, all due in June 2011. There's also a 7-inch Acer running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and expected to launch in April for $399. The remainder get Android 3.0 Honeycomb, with the HTC unpriced but Dell's 10-inch model expected to be $499, Acer's to be $449 and Toshiba's to be $499. The two Acer models are likely to be the Iconia Tab A100 and Iconia Tab A500, which we played with back at MWC 2011 in February. HTC has been tipped to be readying a 10-inch model for some time now, launching with Honeycomb out of the gate rather than Gingerbread like the HTC Flyer. [via SlashGear]
Motorola Xoom holds it's own though, and it does it well.
AC100 smartbook has been released, bringing Android 2.2 along with Flash Player 10.1 support to the Tegra 2 based ultraportable. Spotted by owner Steve Paine (of Carrypad fame), the 202MB update was pushed out this morning via Toshiba's official software upgrade tool. It replaces the Android 2.1 Eclair OS the AC100 launched with back in the second half of 2010, and will hopefully add up to a new turn of speed for the 10-inch ultraportable. Without a touchscreen, many of the original complaints about the AC100 will still stand, but at least it shows that Toshiba hasn't forgotten completely about the device. [via SlashGear]