Toshiba executives Jeff Barney and Phil Osaka today confirmed that customers will be able to pre-order the dual-core Honeycomb tablet starting next week, though the parcel won't arrive until early July. The tablet, which we last saw at CES, will start at $429 for the 8GB version, while $479 will get you double the storage, and for $579, you'll be able to get your hands on the version with 32 gee-bees. All in all, very competitive pricing.
Fortunately, Toshiba hasn't made many trade-offs to reach the lower price tag; the Thrive's .66" shell houses some praise-worthy components:
- 10.1" display (1280×800)
- NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- 2.0MP front-facing webcam
- 5.0 MP rear camera with autofocus
- Stereo speakers
- USB, mini-USB, and HDMI ports
- SD card reader
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
- Gyroscope, Accelerometer, e-Compass, GPS and Ambient Light
- Screen rotation lock switch
- User-replaceable battery
- Interchangeable rubber backplate, available in a variety of colors (each costs $19.99)
Better yet, This is my next reports that the Thrive will be running a relatively stock build of Honeycomb - and the few tweaks Toshiba has made (including some sort of Resolution + brightening technology and an "enhanced" file manager) might actually be useful. Good stuff - July can't come soon enough!
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