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Toshiba Thrive: 10.1″ Android 3.1 Tablet with Tegra 2, Starts at $429

A premature listing and an official correction later, it looks like we’ve got the skinny on Toshiba’s first dual-core Honeycomb tablet. Thrive, a tablet built around a 10.1-inch display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 innards, and the Android 3.1 platform, will go up for pre-order at BestBuy on June 13th. Pricing is set at $429 for the 8GB model, $479 for 16GB, and $579 for 32GB of internal storage, which compares favorably to both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple iPad 2.

Leaked last month on J&R with an incorrect price, Thrive will go on sale at the “usual office superstores and e-commerce players,” in mid-July according to Engadget, and will sport competitive specs and a few interesting add-ons Toshiba hopes will differentiate it from the current crop of Android 3.x tablets. First off, Thrive will feature a haptic display for fingertip feedback and a hardware screen orientation lock button. You’ll also get Toshiba’s video upscaling software, “Resolution Plus,” which the company already puts into its laptops and TV sets and the Swype text input system that’s become so popular on Android hadnsets. A trio of dock/case accessories looks to be in the works, as well. And get this: Removable battery! In a tablet! Who knew it was possible?

And, oh yeah, it looks like Thrive will be available in a rainbow of fruity flavors – er, colors. Now about those specs:

Toshiba Thrive Tech Specs

  • 10.1″ Display: 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core Chipset
  • 5MP Rear Camera / 2MP Front Camera
  • Full-Sized USB and HDMI Ports
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Weight: 1.6 Pounds
  • Battery: Removable, Rated at up to Seven Hours of HD Video Playback, Quick Charging

So … Who’s stoked for a cheaper, more connectable, but heavier option in the 10-inch Android tablet market?

[Via: Engadget]


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