It may have had something to do with the fact we were in Vegas at the time, but our memories of getting our hands on Toshiba’s then-unnamed 10in tablet were just about gone by the time the company finally got around to naming and pricing it.
The Toshiba Thrive is a 10.1in tablet boasting specs and pricing which could see it challenge other premium tablets out there, but the delay in getting it to market could mean it has a difficult task in gaining a significant section of the market. Toshiba has announced that the Thrive will go on sale in the US next month and will come in three sizes: 8GB ($429), 16GB ($479), and 32GB ($579). While we don’t have UK pricing yet, a simple conversion (which we know is never a good indicator of pricing here) gives us: 8GB (£262), 16GB (£295), and 32GB (£355). Even if we add £100 to each of these models, the pricing still seems competitive to us. Just to remind you, the Thrive is powered by the almost ubiquitous Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia and comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and full-sized USB and HDMI ports. It has a two-megapixel camera on the front and a five-megapixel snapper on the rear and to expand your storage there’s also an SD card slot.
The Thrive will come with a 10.1in haptic display with a resolution of 1280x800 and crucially comes with Android Honeycomb (3.1) out of the box. Some additional details have also been released including the presence of a button to lock screen orientation, a Toshiba-branded file manager and the Swype keyboard comes pre-installed. The Resolution Plus software is also included to help out with video playback. One of the unique aspects of this tablet is the rubberised EasyGrip back, which makes it easy to hold securely in one hand and comes in a variety of colours to match your mood. Holding the Thrive in one hand however may be a little bit difficult considering it weighs a rather large 725g.
We are waiting for information regarding release dates and pricing for regions other than the US and will bring you all the details when we get them. With the disaster of the Folio 100 still a painful reminder for Toshiba of what can go wrong, it will be hoping for a little bit more success with the Thrive.