As of late, there has been a lot of talk about Toshiba's upcoming-but-still-unannounced (in the US anyway) Android 3.0 tablet, but now things are starting to speed up. Toshiba has officially announced the "Regza" tablet - the Japanese version of the tablet that we're pretty sure will be called the Thrive. It sports the same specs that we've known about for a while now:
1Ghz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
16GB Internal storage, SD Card slot
5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
10.1 inch, 1280x800 display
HDMI, miniUSB, and USB ports
It also includes a feature called Regza App Connect, which links the tablet up to other Regza devices.
If there's one thing we still don't know for sure about the Toshiba Android tablet, it's its name. At this year's CES, when the product was first announced and demoed, Toshiba refused to give up the name, simply referring to it as "the unnamed Toshiba tablet." The company then followed up with the site named just TheToshibaTablet.com, leaving us guessing and puzzled as to why it takes months to give a gadget a name.
Over a month after Toshiba first demoed its Android Honeycomb tablet with an awesome teaser site, Amazon has put up a product page featuring the tablet with its specifications and capabilities. The tablet cannot actually be purchased from Amazon yet and there is also no word on pricing or when it will finally become available.
As expected, the tablet's specs are as follows:
10.1" display (1200x800)
NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
5.0 MP rear camera with autofocus
2.0MP front-facing webcam
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
Let us at least hope that Toshiba come up with a name for this device before it starts shipping.
Toshiba has already spend a good deal of time talkingup its forthcoming Honeycomb tablet, but one thing the company hasn't mentioned - yet - is the device's name. However, if you believe Dutch website TabletGuide.nl, NVIDIA might have spilled the beans - at its MWC booth, the chip maker reportedly showed off a prototype of the tablet loaded with stock Android 2.2. And in the "About phone" section of the Settings app, the tablet listed "Antares" as its model number.
While Toshiba's original attempts at an Android tablet running on the Tegra chip didn't exactly go down a storm, they seem keen to continue with Android devices, and brought a new tablet with them to CES. Artem got a video demo from one of their reps, and as you can see there are some attractive features to note.
Like the Motorola XOOM, the nameless Toshiba tablet (henceforth "Anon") has a 10.1" WXGA (1280x800) screen, which was unsurprisingly nice and crisp.
Android may be used almost entirely on smartphones, but that hasn’t stopped companies from trying to use it on other devices. While Android hasn’t made a big impression on netbooks yet, the term “smartbook” has been used to describe devices with an emphasis on a strong battery life and being constantly connected, usually through 3G. And while smartbooks in the past have failed to materialize, Toshiba’s latest Android offering looks like the sweet spot between smartphones and laptops (and it is sweet indeed).