Sep 27 AT 10:34 PM Sean Riley 8 Comments

7-inch Toshiba Thrive due in November for under $400


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?

Via: This is my Next

Source: Toshiba

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Sway_212

    Definitely looks like a great tablet…but pricing is the main issue especially with quad-core tablets just around the corner..

    • Sean Riley

      The quad-cores are going to be one threat and if Amazon announces their 7″ tablet today for $250 or less (and its halfway decent) that is going to put a lot of pressure on Toshiba and Acer’s 7″ options. Hardcore Android fans may not like the forking of the OS, but the average consumer is unlikely to care.

    • guardianali

      Threat? Kidding? Dude, there are BARELY any apps the utilize the dual core chips. Let alone quad. At this point its a marketing gimmick. The only reason the quad cores might out do the dual cores of today has nothing to do with more cores but simply that they are newer chips with better designs. Even then, I doubt the real world performance differences will be that great. Note…i mentioned real word observation by a user and NOT idiotic artificial benchmark numbers.

      • Sean Riley

        Newer hardware is always a threat to older hardware. I’m sorry if that bothers you.

  • Raptor

    Nice. $70 picture frame for $400

  • Mick van Lick

    7-inchers ???? wtf dick tablets???

  • Evgeniy

    Если бы такой с windows 8 + 3G – взял бы себе точно!