Reuters reports that Toshiba is throwing
its hat into the new tablet wars, with the upcoming Toshiba Thrive.
The Android 3.1-based 10.1-inch (1280 x 800)
tablet will come in 8GB ($429), 16GB ($479), and 32GB ($579) sizes. Powered by NVIDIA's
Tegra 2 and sporting the typical WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB, the
Thrive also supports an SD card and features two cameras: a 2-megapixel
front-facing one and a 5-megapixel rear.
to Engadget, the Thrive rocks
a haptic display with a button to lock the screen orientation. Toshiba also
includes its Resolution+ software, used for cleaning and upscaling video
The Thrive is also one of few tablets that sports
a removable (and swappable) battery. It is said to last for up to seven hours
of continuous HD video playback on a single charge, and will recharge up to 90
percent in an hour and a half, Engadget reports.
The one downside is its weight. "At 1.6
pounds, it's about as heavy as the first-gen iPad, which, like, scads of other
tablets, has since gone on a diet," Engadget writes.
The Thrive is expected to become available for
pre-order from Best Buy, Amazon, and others, beginning June 13.
quote: THANK GOD. Need this on every smartphone and tablet.