Today we are getting a first look at the Toshiba Folio tablet, an Android based powerhouse that was announced at IFA 2010. The Folio looks like it will be another serious contender in what is, apparently, the fast growing market of Android tablets. Looking at its list of features, it should be nothing less than impressive. What features, you ask? How about these:
- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- 10.1" 1024x600 display
- Front facing camera
- WiFi 802.11B/G/N
- 3G capable
- Nvidia Tegra 2 processor (Yeah, that's dual-core)
- Capacitive display with multitouch support
- USB host input(!!!)
- Price €399 WiFi / €499 WiFI & 3G
The tablet looks like it is shaping up to be an awesome device, but based on what we're seeing right now, it still has some hills to climb. The biggest problem for the Folio that I can see is that the Android market will be absent from the party (Google apparently won't support it because of the screen size, Toshiba claims). The market will be replaced by Toshiba's own market. Honestly, I can't really picture too many developers being on-board with the hassle of putting apps in both markets. Other than that, though, all of the other issues appear to be common work-in-progress issues.
The device is definitely quite sexy. For a closer look, you can watch the hands-on video:
There is a lot of good stuff happening there in between the quirks and force closes. I love those capacitive buttons and that screen looks pretty great. Is it worth losing the Android market, though? We'll see as more info about the Folio arrives.