Toshiba certainly isn’t the first manufacturer to jump into the Android Tegra 2 tab market and most certainly won’t be the last. However, their first tongue twisting attempt happens to be quite tempting. The Toshiba Thrive is set to launch sometime in July and will be packing some of the usual Android tablet specs plus (and minus) some unique goodies. At 10.1 inches and weighing in at 1.6 pounds, the Thrive is most definitely in the heavy weight division of tablets. The weight alone may be a deal breaker for many (you won’t find too many geeks at the gym) but let’s finish the spec list before we reach for our pitch forks:
- Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb)
- 10.1″ LED Backlit Multi-Touch Display
- WXGA (1280×800), HD 720p Wide-Viewing Angle, 16:10 aspect ratio
- NVIDIA® Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core Processor, NVIDIA GeForce® Graphics – 1GB LP-DDR2 RAM
- Memory – Up to 32GB on Board, Full-size SD Slot
- Camera – 2MP Front Facing Webcam with Integrated Microphone, 5MP Rear Camera with Auto Focus and Digital Zoom
- Full-Size USB 2.0
- Mini USB
- Full-Size HDMI
- 23 W-hr Prismatic Lithium Ion User-replaceable Battery
For a full list of specs head on over to the Toshiba site.
While we are used to many of the above mentioned specs, what sets the Thrive apart is the addition of full size USB and HDMI ports along with a user replaceable battery. These are huge advantages in my eyes but at the same time may be the culprit of its additional weight. Regardless, it’s full of win to not have to worry about adapters or a dead device. Toshiba is also boasting seven hours of continuous HD video playback and a 90% recharge within an hour and a half. The Thrive also sports an interchangeable slip-resistant back cover available to users in an assortment of colors. Aesthetically, the additional color choices are a refreshing break from the boring black seen on most tablets. One gripe I do have about the Thrive’s appearance is its horrendously large bezel, ewwwww.
Looks and specs aside, let’s move on to the most important question: ‘How much does it cost?” Surprisingly, Toshiba has done a pretty good job at keeping the Thrive competitive with its 8GB version pricing in at $429, 16GB @ $479 , and 32GB @ $579. Let’s not forget that the Thrive comes with a full size SD slot so you can always buy the 8GB and upgrade storage through an inexpensive SD card (isn’t freedom of choice great). Now we can all add another Android tablet to the long list of tablets we probably won’t buy, but then again, we just might. Anyone interested in purchasing a Toshiba Thrive should be on the lookout for pre-orders to begin June 13th via Best Buy.