Toshiba Thrive Android Tablet Computer Price, Features and Other Details: With the big boys of the tablet market keeping all the fun and dividing the pie amongst themselves for the longest time, Toshiba decides to join the fray and spoil the party the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Motorola have been enjoying.
With the recent launch of the Thrive, Toshiba’s 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet, the company is making its intentions known loud and clear. Set to be available this July, the Thrive is already thriving on the attention it is currently garnering and is expected to make a huge splash once it becomes available.
Will It be able to make a difference though? Will it be able to create waves? Will it be able to get its own piece of the tablet pie? Read on to get an idea of what to expect from the Toshiba Thrive.
Design and construction
Measuring 272 x 175 x 15 mm, the Thrive is a bit chubby compared to the Galaxy Tab or the iPad 2. It is not as lightweight as those two heavyweights but when you take into consideration the fact that it has a removable back cover and as a consequence you can take its battery out and have it replaced with a fresh one, which is a first by the way in the tablet market, the girth of the Thrive can easily be forgiven and forgotten.
The Thrive tips the scale at 771 grams so you can’t say that it is overweight either. Its back cover is done in what Toshiba calls Easy Grip rubberized finish and is swappable with a cover in another color aside from being slip resistant. Perfect for people with butter fingers.
It also has a wide collection of ports which can be seen as unorthodox. The Thrive packs a miniUSB port, HDMI port, it even has its own dock connector AND a full-sized USB 2.0 port which is already supported in Android 3.1 Honeycomb which the tablet runs for its operating system.
Under the hood
The Thrive is expected to draw power from a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H processor running at 1GHz. No news yet as to how much RAM will be paired with the processor to ensure that things run smoothly all the time but it is safe to assume that the Thrive will have more than enough of it.
The same goes if it is going to pack a dedicated GPU but we can be sure storage options range from 8, 16 and 32 GB which a user can further expand by using the dedicated SD card slot that can take up to 32 GB SD cards.
The device packs a 10.1-inch IPS (in-plane switching) LCD capacitive touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. The display of the device has an integrated accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate and has full support for multi-touch input method.
The Thrive packs an industry standard dual-camera configuration. It has a rear-facing 5-megapixel shooter with auto-focus (sadly, no LED flash included) and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera optimized for video chats. The rear-facing shooter can also act as a video recorder and is capable of capturing 720p video clips.
The software and performance
The device is expected to have the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system on its release to the market which is fully-customizable, contains very good applications and has minimal lag and stutter.
With Android 3.1 Honeycomb being run by the components lurking under the Thrive’s hood, this device becomes a great tablet to work on. In addition to that, a user can expect a full web browsing experience because the web browser of the Thrive has full support for Flash 10.1. What can I say other than Hallelujah?
The battery life
No real world tests have been done on this device yet to ascertain its battery life so we just have to take Toshiba’s word for it that standard battery the Thrive packs will have enough juice for 7 hours of high-def video playback until it runs on empty.
Once the juice gets fully squeezed out, Toshiba claims that the battery will recharge to 85% in just 1.5 hours of charging. That’s pretty fast huh?
With the expected release of the Thrive, Toshiba has committed itself to the production of a tablet that will try to rival the bad boys of the tablet market. It is too early to speculate as of the moment what kind of fate awaits the Thrive but the spec sheet that it brings to the table, albeit incomplete, still manages to impress.
Once the blanks in the spec sheet get filled and the information exceeds our expectations, the Thrive will surely become a force to reckon with in the market.
Toshiba Thrive Android Tablet Computer Price in the Philippines (Estimated):
8GB: Php 20,500.00
16GB: Php 22,500.00
32GB: Php 27,500.00
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