Honeycomb tablet available for ordering next week, ships in mid-July
We just got finished sitting in on a Toshiba press conference, and a big part of the focus was on the 10.1 inch Toshiba Thrive Android tablet. We've seen many of the details, and recently learned about a July release, but Phil Osako from Toshiba answered all the questions we could throw at him. The basic specs are the same as we saw at CES 2011 -- Tegra 2, a 5 MP camera around back and a 2 MP shooter up front, 1280x800 10.1 inch Display with Toshiba's "resolution plus" software, and shipping with Android 3.1. We also learned that Toshiba has built in SRS and their own proprietary system to provide excellent sound from the Thrive. All this checks in at .6 inches thick, and 1.6 pounds.
With the full size SD card and USB ports, they bundle their own file manager software that will assist new users when they move their media from one device to another. Other bundled software includes: Quick Office, Need for Speed, Toshiba's media player, Log me in, and Printer Share for sending documents to a wifi printer.
The Thrive will be available for ordering June 13, shipping in early to mid-July. You will find it an most major retail stores -- basically any place that sells Toshiba laptops will sell the Thrive. The prices are what we have heard -- starting at $429 for the 8GB version. Toshiba says they decided to go with the 8 GB starting point for two reasons -- to hit the low price point, and because they have found that most users don't need or use more than 8 GB. With the full size SD card slot, memory is expandable and they think consumers will see the appeal of the entry level model. And I think they are right. Add in a few accessories, like two docking stations (the basic dock checks in at $39.99, and the deluxe version with spare USB and HDMI ports is $59.99), a user replaceable battery at $89.99 and a battery cover that comes in five different colors for $19.99, and Toshiba has set themselves up to win. Hit the jump to see some of the official pictures of the latest Honeycomb tablet.