The 10.1in Folio 100, which will ship to the UK before anywhere else in the world, has been given a price tag of £329 – quite a lot less than the £499 Apple want for their non-flash 9.7in iPad. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab which is a lot smaller (7in) costs more weighing in at £530. Of course as we all know, its not all about size. It’s about how it feels, the software, speed and dozens of other intangible reasons why someone will want one of these tablets over others that are on the market.
The Folio 100 has a 10.1in capacitive 1024 x 600p screen supporting pinch-to-zoom and swipe controls. It is powered by an nVIDIA Tegra 250 processor which includes a dual-core Arm processor running at 1GHz and a GeForce graphics core that is capable of playing full 1080p high-definition video.
The Folio 100 runs Android 2.2, has an in-built 1.3-megpixel webcam, claims seven hour battery life on a single charge and weighs 760g which is heavier than the iPad (680g). It also has HDMI, USB and SD card ports.
TrustedReviews had a hands-on look at the Folio 100 at IFA in Berlin last September and reported that while it was loaded with features it was let down somewhat by an unresponsive screen and their own version of Android 2.2 which was preloaded onto the device.
Whether or not this device will compete with the iPad is unclear but at £329 it is tempting and we can foresee a lot of consumers at least having a look at this device before deciding which tablet to buy.
Toshiba’s Folio 100 is now available in stores throughout the UK.