Toshiba Australia is all set to launch their newest product, the Toshiba Thrive Android tablet. Known also as the Toshiba AT100, this tablet is set to launch at the end of June with pricing said to be “competitive to the iPad.”
The Toshiba AT100 is said to ship for $579 and is a 10.1″ tablet that runs on Android 3.0, the first version of this software designed by Google to specifically run on tablets. The screen layout is also said to be designed to make better use of the device’s screen size.
The device has an LED-backlit screen with a 1,200 x 800 resolution and runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, the same chip found inside the Motorola Xoom recently released through Telstra. One of the main differences between this tablet and others on the market is that this tablet comes with a full size HDMI port built directly in allowing it to connect to an HDTV without a special adapter.
Another advantage of the AT100 is that it also comes with a full size SD card reader. This makes the AT100 an ideal place to view and store photos or videos straight off of a camera. You can also remove the back cover of the device giving you access to a replaceable battery. This allows you to use the tablet for extended periods of time with an optional $80 six-cell battery.
A full size USB port is also available which allows you to insert a USB memory stick into the tablet as opposed to a micro or mini USB that you find on a lot of Android tablets. Toshiba has also made it possible to stream TV from the tablet to a TV that supports DLNA standards. The dual cameras of the AT100 are said to be better than those found in the iPad 2 as well. The front-facing camera is a 2MP webcam good for picture taking with the rear-facing camera being a 5MP camera, the same as the iPhone 4.
If you plan on traveling with this device a lot, you can also look into the $90 Toshiba Multi Dock with HDMI. This has a full-size HDMI port for connecting to an HDTV or LCD monitor, two USB ports and a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. In addition to that, it also doubles as a charging station for your tablet.
While there are better tablets out there, the Toshiba AT100 isn’t bad and it is definitely something that you would have no problem traveling around with.
Source: Australian Business Traveler – Travel Tech: Toshiba’s $579 Android tablet packs features for travelers