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Following the release of the Thrive in July, Toshiba is now rumored to be working on a tablet that could compete with Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 by coupling a sleek, thin design with a large screen and Android Honeycomb while adding a handful of useful ports that the Tab 10.1 lacks.

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Earlier today, an Italian tech blog Notebook Italia brought to light some renders of the alleged tablet killer (their words, not ours) that show a very attractive device featuring a profile as sleek as the Galaxy Tab, but with a microUSB port, microHDMI port, and a microSD slot, along with an interesting grooved frame and a slim black bezel around the 10.1" screen.

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Little else is known about this gorgeous device, except that it may be revealed in Berlin this September at IFA 2011. Since we have no way to verify the validity of Notebook Italia's claims right now, we'll slap a big fat Rumor tag on this one (while secretly hoping it's the real deal!).

Check out Notebook Italia for the full scoop.

Thanks to Lau for the tip!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://ancestralenvironmtalist.ning.com dnlcllns

    This looks Stupendous. The "internal memory space and weight make this very attractive.
    We all need more Slots. Versatility *is a requirement* of mine.
    Look like a Winner.

    • Jon Garrett

      It certainly does look nice but Im sure Samsung will release a new 10.1 tablet as well and hopefully with some expansion.

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    If it comes with a keyboard dock like the transformer and has an active digitizer, I'll get one :)

    • http://ancestralenvironmtalist.ning.com dnlcllns

      Ooo yes!!
      The Keyboard/Dock is a really attractive offering too!! <3 ;-)

  • Nobody

    Um, did anyone happen to take a look at the USB port on that tablet?

    Unless someone designed and standardized a new, thinner USB female slot, I'm fairly willing to dismiss these as imagined renders.

    • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

      Yeah it's pretty clear these are renders. Whether they're real or not is another question.

    • Asphyx

      I think you need to take a closer look at the comparison pic below it.

      Yes the pic of the pad is much thinner than ACTUAL!
      You can tell by looking at the diameter of the headphone jacks on the Pad to the device below it.

      I will say this though Toshiba has been making some nice laptops lately and if they get into the Pad market they have the capability of making some of the best. The question is will they be able to compete on pricepoints.

    • TomRowly

      "...with a micro USB port, mini HDMI port, and a micro SD slot..."

    • Drayon

      It could very well be a sub slot.
      I actualy have a usb key that might fit in there.
      this is the best picture I can find now of it:
      http://www.fiqas.nl/Portals/0/FIQASNieuws/kaartje-website-fiqas.jpg

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      To me it looks kind of weird, which may or may not point to a fake. It doesn't seem to have the right shape.

      However, no way that's a full size USB slot. 1. The source says microUSB, not full size USB. 2. Look on the right - the microHDMI port is only a little bit smaller than the USB port. On my EVO, the microHDMI is only a bit smaller than the microUSB. A full size USB would have been a lot bigger - plus it'd be a lot taller too - just look at the Thrive.

  • mark

    I dated a girl like that once.

    • appelflap

      lol I hope you don't refer to the title because that would be indecent lol

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Oh, I think he went there.

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    SAMSUNG will always have the upper hand when it comes to screens... but they always lack some ESSENTIAL features in their devices...
    Phones lack a human-accepted design and SOME METAL!!!!!
    Tablets lack STANDARD PORTS (Even it's only ONE then FFS make it MicroUSB not a pathetic useless proprietary junk)

    I'm totally AGAINST the abundance of ports... i mean all you really need in a TAB is ONE standard port (Full sized USB) and then add an MHL port to get the advantage of USB an HDMI functionality beside the main USB port... that it.. not more ports!! :D

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Seriously, an MHL port should be standard on all hardware nowadays.

      • L boogie

        you're right about that, Artem... An mhl port plus the mentioned ports, good-to-great battery mgmt, incredible hd display, ics compatible, dua

        • L boogie

          Dual-core processor and possibly fix any/ all flaws with the thrive and of course, a sweet bluetooth keyboard dock, 4g/lte & wi-fi options and a Asus-like price point would make this awesome and the tablet to beat.

  • Keith

    I hope this releases with Ice Cream Sandwich not Honeycomb. Tablets should be coming out in Oct/Nov with ICS so if this releases with Honeycomb, may be a showstopper.

  • http://mejorapp.com Ginger

    Sweet! I'd like to know the price in euros.