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Toshiba Folio 100 Ships to UK for £329

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Toshiba Folio 100 Ships to UK for £329

The Toshiba Folio 100 has a larger screen than the iPad, runs flash video, has Wi-Fi and 3G versions – and it costs £170 less than Apple’s market leading device. How can it fail?

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.

Jones

November 5, 2010, 3:38 pm

This is probably the closest a tablet has got to my overall needs and pricing hopes - but still missing key "wants".





At this price point, if only a device with a good screen (though final review may improve here) and, probably most importantly one allowing for a fuller o/s experience (not necessarily Windows mind you), I'd bite your hand off.





2011 is going to be an interesting year in the tablet market that's for sure.

David Gilbert

November 5, 2010, 4:01 pm

@Jones I agree I think the tablets being released now are getting some things right but a lot of things wrong including the Galaxy Tab and the iPad. It will be the device which finally brings everything together (usability, price, speed and looks) which could take a big chunk of Apple's pie.

treris

November 5, 2010, 4:20 pm

To me it seems that any device which manages to combine the tegra soc with a slcd or amoled screen, hdmi, usb, sd card and perhaps android 3.0 should make a killing on the tablet market. I know I'd want one!

David Gilbert

November 5, 2010, 4:23 pm

@treris I agree and I think that Android 3.0 (or Gingerbread as I think they're calling it) could make a big difference to the tablets as 2.2 is essentially designed for smartphones and until they release a version to run on tablets specifically they will always have problems. That said the specs on the Folio 100 do seem very inviting for the price...

TechVegan

November 5, 2010, 5:01 pm

@treris:


Amen.

JDunn

November 5, 2010, 8:03 pm

At least they have the price point about right. Version 2.0 od this rablet will be the one to look at.

Technology changes, and so sho

November 15, 2010, 11:08 am

I wonder why Toshiba chose the Tegra when Android can't make use of GPU acceleration.

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