If you passed on the initial wave of 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablets in hopes for something a little more compact, it looks like you’ll finally have some options before the year is out.
The latest entrant is Toshiba’s Thrive 7-inch, which weighs in at a mere 14 ounces. Although at just a hair under half an inch thick, it isn’t the trimmest of tablets. That thickness does bring with it a more bountiful offering of ports than some of its competitors, though. The full-sized ports of the original Thrive didn’t survive the miniaturization process, but it does feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, mini HDMI, mini USB, microSD slot and a docking port.
Toshiba also outdid some of their competition on the screen, opting for a 1280 x 800 resolution (like the Galaxy Tab 7.7) rather than the more familiar 1024 x 600 of the original Galaxy Tab and the Acer Iconia A100.
The rest of the specs mirror big brother:
- 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 5 MP rear camera
- 2 MP front-facing camera
- 16 or 32 GB storage
Joanna Stern of the This is my Next crew got her hands on the new Thrive 7-inch earlier today and came away with some positive first impressions. She seemed very pleased with the screen and at least deemed the build quality to be improved from the previous Thrive. Her one stated concern was the stability of Android 3.2 on a 7-inch tablet, but the software wasn’t final on this unit. Time will tell if they can iron out those issues by launch. You can watch her brief hands-on below.
As the former owner of a 7-inch Galaxy Tab, I can say I really enjoyed the form factor and the upgraded specs of the Thrive 7-inch are certainly compelling and the pricing fairly competitive. Do you think Toshiba has a potential winner on their hands here?