Toshiba Thrive Tablet Hands-on
The Toshiba Thrive is Toshiba’s entry into the tablet market, why should be care? This bad boy has every single port you need, a Full size USB port, a mini USB port, a SD card slot, Full HDMI. It’s running Android 3.1 with Toshiba’s added software. No its not a custom overlay, just Toshiba added a few cool features like a in built file manager, and SRS audio tools to give enhanced sound from the two stereo speakers, the Thrive also as a removable back cover, which you can get in different colors and wait for it; yes you can swap the battery out.
The Thrive has a 10’ display with a resolution of 1280×800 at 16X10 aspect ratio, a 2MP front facing camera, 5Mp rear camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, all the ports you need. Powered by an NVidia Tegra 2 processor and weights 1.6lbs. A pretty neat package indeed. Pricing, is where a lot of Android tablet seem to miss it and hear Toshiba does not disappoint, offering an 8GB, 16GB & 32GB model priced $429, $479, $579 respectively.
TOSHIBA TABLET SET TO THRIVE
Powered by Android 3.1, Honeycomb, 10.1-inch Thrive Tablet Available for Pre-order Beginning June 13, Starting at $429 MSRP
IRVINE, Calif. . June 7, 2011 . Toshibafs Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today confirmed details around the upcoming launch of the Thrive. Tablet, its first Android.-powered tablet for the U.S. market. Previously introduced as the \Toshiba Tablet,. the Thrive Tablet is set to deliver a more complete tablet experience by offering to consumers a tablet designed to deliver more performance, features and connectivity options than other tablets.
\The Thrive Tablet is a reflection of what consumers have come to expect from Toshiba products . finished innovation,. said Jeff Barney, vice president and general manager, Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division. \Designed to be complete, customizable, connected and convenient, the Thrive Tablet stands out from other tablets as it gives users features that are already familiar to them, as well as the freedom to integrate the device into their digital lifestyles..
Powered by the NVIDIAR Tegra. 21 and Android 3.1, Honeycomb, the Thrive Tablet offers a convenient new way to connect, browse and enjoy videos, movies, games, photos, books and more. From its 10.1-inch diagonal high-resolution (1280×800) multi-touch LED backlit widescreen display2, consumers can enjoy a more complete web experience with fast browsing.
The display is enhanced by Toshibafs exclusive Adaptive Display and Resolution+R video enhancement technologies3 to deliver great clarity and sharpness. A comfortable virtual keyboard with Swype. technology makes typing easy, while a full suite of sensors, including a Gyroscope and Accelerometer, enable fast and smooth 360-degree screen rotation and control.
\The Android tablet market has been in its infancy for some time, but with new products coming to market we believe there is ample room for this category to grow,. said Bob Of Donnell, vice president, Clients and Displays research at IDC. \The time is right for well-established PC manufacturers to deliver devices that are competitively priced, but aren’t burdened with the often unnecessary and unwanted expense of a 3G data plan. In a world of multiple devices per person, these tablets serve as a great complement to a consumers computing and other mobile connected devices..
The Thrive Tablet is the perfect sum of all its parts,. said Barney. \We applied our technical and design expertise with mobile computing products and focused on a form factor that not only leverages the capabilities the Android platform has to offer, but reflects the way consumers are accustomed using their PCs..
Designed for easy connectivity and continuity with other digital devices, the Thrive Tablet features a robust collection of familiar, full-size ports, including USB 2.0, HDMIR and an SD Card slot, giving consumers the ability to easily sync and share their content with other devices. Pre-loaded applications, including Toshiba File Manager and PrinterShare. make it easy to manage files and connect to a printer over a wireless network.
The Thrive Tablet is equipped with a pair of high-resolution cameras, including a 2MP front-facing webcam and 5MP rear-facing camera. Stereo speakers tuned with sound enhancement technologies from Toshiba and SRSR Labs deliver more natural sound and enhanced clarity for entertainment and video chatting.
Dressed in a unique Easy Grip finish, the Thrive Tablet features a unique slip-resistant surface that is soft to the touch and comfortable to hold. The only tablet to offer a removable back cover, consumers can easily personalize their tablet with color . a selection of interchangeable back covers in five vibrant colors . Blue Moon, Raspberry Fusion, Lavender Bliss, Silvery Sky and Green Apple . will be available for $19.99 MSRP4 from participating retailers. A removable battery pack offers further flexibility, giving consumers the ability to swap out the battery as needed.
The Thrive Tablet delivers a full Android experience with robust multi-tasking and customization capabilities of Android 3.1, Honeycomb. Optimized for tablets, Honeycomb delivers a simple holographic UI, five customizable Home screens, plus a full suite of popular Google. Mobile Service applications, including YouTube., Gmail., Google Maps., Music, Videos and more, in addition to Android Market..
Docking and Accessories
Toshiba will also offer a complete suite of accessories for the Thrive Tablet, including two docking stations, multiple cases and more.
The Toshiba Multi-Dock with HDMI is perfect for movie watching, web surfing or enjoying HD content. The dock includes a full-size HDMI port for connecting an HDTV or LCD monitor, two USB 2.0 ports for connecting a keyboard or external hard drive and a 3.5mm stereo audio port to take advantage of external speakers or headphones. The dock makes it easy to securely store and charge the Thrive Tablet using the AC Adapter included with the tablet. The Multi-Dock is priced at $59.99 MSRP4.
The Toshiba Standard Dock with Audio Out features built-in 3.5mm stereo audio port that connects to external speakers or headphones and has a small footprint . so it fits virtually anywhere. When docked, users can still easily access all the tabletfs built-in ports. The dock provides an ideal viewing angle to write emails and more using a BluetoothR wireless keyboard (sold separately) and also charges the tablet. The Standard Dock is priced at $39.99 MSRP4.
The Portfolio 360 Case features a patent-pending rotating design that enables users to position the tablet at multiple viewing angles in both landscape and portrait modes without removing the tablet from the case. Itfs perfect for movie watching, viewing photos and emailing while in landscape mode and then easily rotates into portrait mode for e-book reading, web surfing and video chats. The case helps keep the Thrive Tablet safe and secure with a synthetic black leather hard-shell cover and retractable magnetic snap closure. The Portfolio 360 Case is priced at $59.99 MSRP4.
Pricing and Availability
The Thrive Tablet and corresponding accessories will be available for pre-order on June 13 from participating retailers and ToshibaDirect.com at a starting MSRP of $429.994. Available memory configurations include 8GB5 ($429.99 MSRP4), 16GB ($479.99 MSRP4) and 32GB ($579.99 MSRP4) models. Full retail availability at major retailers and e-tailers, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Radio Shack and hhgregg, will begin in mid-July.
Consumers can also participate in Toshibafs latest promotion for their chance to win the Thrive tablet. Details on how to enter can be found on Toshibafs Facebook page or at http://www.thetoshibatablet.com/missions.
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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS) Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation.
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba Corporation is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 490 companies, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$77 billion). Visit Toshiba’s web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm. For more information on TAIS visit us.toshiba.com.
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1 Processor. CPU performance may vary. See Processor Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
2 Display. Any small bright dots that may appear on your display are an intrinsic characteristic of the thin film transistors manufacturing technology. See Display Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
3 Upconverter/Upconversion Technology (Resolution+R Technology). Viewing enhancements may vary depending upon content quality and display device capability/functionality/settings. Depending on the quality of the content, some video noise may be visible.
4 Price. Reseller prices may vary. MSRP means \Manufacturerfs Suggested Retail Price..
5 Solid State Drive Capacity. Drive capacity may vary. One Gigabyte (GB) means 109 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. See Solid State Drive Capacity Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com