Can Toshiba go from having the worst Andorid tablet last year at IFA Berlin to having the best device at this year’s show? NotebookItalia just filed a report that says Toshiba will unveil an ultra-thin Android tablet at IFA in September and the device will be packing a few surprises.
Toshiba just released their Thrive tablet, which stood out from the crowd of other Honeycomb Tegra 2 tablets with its full-size expansion ports and removable battery. The Thrive was one of the thickest Honeycomb tablets, but owners were treated to full-sized USB port, HDMI and SD card slot. It was priced competitively; the 8GB model costs $398. But it hasn’t sold that well (currently sits at #12 on Amazon’s best selling tablets list), and most consumers are going with the popular Asus Transformer or the more expensive Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Pictures of the latest Toshiba tablet reveal that it will be an ultra-thin model with a brushed-metal chrome frame crossed by a central groove. The slimmer tablet will still have plenty of expansion ports, but this time it’ll feature micro USB, micro HDMI and micro SD card slots. My favorite Honeycomb tablet is the 8.6mm thin Galaxy Tab 10.1, so I’m pleased to see Toshiba go with a lighter design and still include all the expansion ports.
It will be interesting to see if Toshiba went with a Tegra 2 processor like their Folio 100 and Thrive or upgraded to one of the newer 1.5 GHz dual-core CPUs from Qualcomm or Texas Instruments. NVIDIA’s quad-core Kal-El processor is supposed to be available in October, so that’s another possibility.
Update: Our sources tell us this Toshiba tablet will feature the dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4460.
What type of hardware specs do you expect for a high-end Android tablet coming this year?