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Last Updated: June 4th, 2011

A slimster the Toshiba Thrive is not, but it's sure going to be more affordable than its competition when it goes on sale next month.

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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Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Bill Tetley

    This thing has every single feature MISSING on every other honeycomb tablet currently on the market!

    yet is getting ZERO hype like the transformer and Galaxy tab 10.1 got.
    Stock 3.1
    Mini AND full size USB
    hdmi
    Full size SD card slot
    dock connector
    second Microphone input
    REMOVEABLE BATTERY!
    stereo speakers
    NOTIFICATION LEDS TOO! for more icing on the cake.
    and a sweet price.

    Im definitely selling my ipad 2 for this.

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      It's not getting hype because its 15mm thick and feels twice as fat as an iPad 2 or Galaxy Tab 10.1 which are both less than 9mm thin.

      It's also 1.7 lbs which is even heavier than the original iPad and when compared to the iPad 2's and Galaxy Tab 10.1's 1.3 lbs its just plain overweight.

      The quality of the screen also lacks compared to the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

      It has all the extra specs right but not the main three that people are looking for in a tablet.

      The price isn't even that great. It's $430 for 8GB and $480 for 16GB. If you want a good value get the ASUS EEE Pad for $400 and it even comes with a full 16GB for that price.

      • Bill tetley

        Have you seen the final product screen and compared? There has to be SOME trade offs to have the room for all the ports. Hopfully its not really too bad when im able to hold one in person. No need for any type of case with the removable backs, thats also a plus.

        I was going to sell my ipad 2 to pickup. Samsung 10, but they shot themselves in the foot leaving out that damm sd card slot and they know it.

  • Chris

    @Jaroslav:

    Is it 1200x800 or 1280x800?

    Any ideas as to what type of screen it is? IPS?

    I suspect that we will only know about the quality of these tablets once we get our hands on them. There have been too many products that looked great on paper that have turned out ... disappointing.

    • David Ruddock

      IPS is kind of a broad phrase with only a few specific implications - there's massive variations in the quality of the display (contrast/readability/gradation) based on the resolution (and DPI), backlight, and quality of materials/construction. The only thing you can be assured of in regard to IPS is generally more efficient power consumption (if it's using the LG enhanced IPS backlight tech, which almost certainly most modern stuff is) and better contrast ratios (and that depends on the drivers, factory settings, etc). But, you're also assured of slower response times (bad for gaming or visually intensive applications - eg, things you do on a tablet), and reproduction of blacks suffers to some extent (they can look purply).

      Apple has (unintentionally) made IPS a buzz-word for ultra-high resolution/DPI display when really that's just patently not the case. IPS has its plusses (such as support for larger displays with less power consumption and better contrast) - but it isn't "superior" to all competing techs out there - S-LCD (PVA, as compared to IPS) offers better blacks and quicker response times, for example.

      For example, the iPhone 4 has a great IPS display with very high DPI and excellent response time with good contrast. Tablet IPS's look pretty lame in comparison. But, on the same token - take a look at Samsung's SAMOLED display, and a lot of people would probably gladly give up the iPhone 4's IPS's high DPI for the vastly superior contrast (in the black range, particularly) SAMOLED offers.

      And the Thrive is 1280x800 (WXGA 16:10), 1200x800 would be pretty odd (a 3:2 ratio, weird).

      • Chris

        For PC monitors IMO, IPS is the best. I believe that IPS actually offers superior response time to PVA, which IIRC is actually slower (at least from personal experience) than IPS in response time and input lag. Only benefit of PVA is the black levels (contrast), but in return IPS has better colour accuracy and other advantages (ex: best viewing angles of any computer monitor, plus better color - although those Super AMOLED Plus screens are better, there unfortunately aren't any desktop monitors yet).

        Anyways, my biggest worry is that this thing might come with a cheap old TN screen.

        Lets wait and see. The great thing about all of these tablets is that there's something for everyone. I'm not planning on buying myself until the end of this year, but if I were buying, I'd lean in favour right now of the Asus Transformer.