Toshiba has announced a smaller 7in version of its Thrive 10.1in tablet, also known in the UK as the AT100. The new Thrive
7in, which will apparently be its official name, isn’t quite the same tablet as
its bigger sibling though. For one thing, though it sports the same look plus
comfy rubberised and textured back, it loses the two things that made Toshiba’s
Android tablet really stand out from the competition: its interchangeable battery
and full-size ports.
Instead of the standard equivalents, it now offers micro versions
of USB, HDMI and SD. However, that’s still pretty impressive for a tablet of
this size. Even more so is that it packs a whopping 1,280 x 800 pixels, making
for an incredibly crisp and sharp display that – if it’s something better than
TN, like PVA or IPS – should prove a key selling point. Others are
bringing this resolution to 7in and smaller devices, but the mini-Thrive
(as we’ve affectionately dubbed it) should be one of the first to market.
Other details are more humdrum, with a Tegra 2 CPU/GPU
backed by 1GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage. It runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, largely unmodified. It will be lighter than the
original Samsung Galaxy Tab, though not as light as the Galaxy Tab 7.7. However, it does win out in other areas such as connectivity.
Pricing has not yet been confirmed but, as the tablet should
be released in December, we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out. So
are you excited or would you rather have seen a 7in Toshiba AT200? Let us know in the comments.