Toshiba has 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.