Even Toshiba, at this stage, would admit that its Folio 100 tablet was a disaster after bring taken off the shelves only weeks after going on sale. Not ones to cry over spilt milk, the Japanese company has arrived here in Vegas with a brand new tablet – and it looks quite a lot better than the Folio 100.
We managed to get some time with the as yet unnamed device, though the copy we saw was running Froyo, rather than Honeycomb, which Toshiba plans on installing prior to shipping by Q2 of 2011. The 10.1in multi-touch LED screen comes with Toshiba Adaptive Display, which automatically adjusting the display’s brightness and color to the lighting environment. The HD screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 (720p).
The tablet is quite a lot better looking that the Folio 100 and one unique feature was the EasyGrip back on the tablet, which makes it very comfortable, and more importantly secure, to hold one-handed. The back cover can also be replaced to allow you to customize the tablet any way you want.
Under the hood hides a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor to power such processes as 1080p video playback and smooth Flash-enabled web content. The 1080p content can also be outputted to a larger screen via the inbuilt HDMI port. Looking at the rest of the ports on the device, a full sized SD port sits on the side of the tablet and will even read SDXC cards up to 128GB. It also has a USB 2.0 and mini-USB port on the side as well as a docking port to allow for docking in landscape mode.
There is a front-facing 2 megapixel camera, to allow for video calling, as well as a 5 megapixel rear camera. It has 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, plus integrated GPS and compass technologies. We were pretty impressed with the tablet and will be loking forward to seeing the finished article in the coming months.