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Toshiba readies thinner Android tablet to make up for Thrive

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Sat August 27, 2011

Toshiba plans metal-bound Android tablet

Toshiba plans to make up for many of the mistakes made with the Thrive tablet through a much improved model uncovered in an Italian leak. The new version would scrap the thick and heavy rubberized design for a much thinner, brushed metal design. Expansion would still be a focus, Notebook Italia saw, as Toshiba would switch to micro HDMI, micro USB, and microSD to get similar features, just through adapters.

Much more isn't known, although it may show up at the IFA show September 1. If so, it wouldn't ship with anything later than Android 3.2 and would still probably use an NVIDIA Tegra 2 underneath. Whether anything else will be changed, such as cameras or storage, is just as uncertain. Any device might not ship early given Toshiba's long lead time from before.

The design shows Toshiba in a more humble and determined position than when it first showed the tablet at CES in January. In a rush to show that it had an iPad competitor in the works, it showed the Thrive before it even had a name and half a year before it was ready to ship. Toshiba spent months attacking the iPad 2 and its lack of Flash without having an actual product on shelves.

When launched, the slate was given generally low reviews both for bulk and low battery life but also for a near-repeat of the buggy release that hurt the release of the Folio 100 last year. At the time, the tablet was pulled from UK shelves after many complaints. The Thrive faced a major glitch that sometimes prevented it from waking from sleep but had its teething issues patched quickly enough for it to only temporarily pose a problem.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Robert

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    2nd tablet

    the 2nd tablet looks much better

  1. MadGoat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not s***

    Way too many ports and holes on that monstrosity

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ports are nice, but...'s still Android. Yuck.

  1. kvocal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Should read...

    Toshiba plans to make up for many of the mistakes made with the Thrive by copying the iPad.

  1. sgirard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone 4

    It's just a big iPhone 4.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Toshiba who?

    Toshiba spent months attacking the iPad 2 and its lack of Flash without having an actual product on shelves.

    Toshiba iPad clones? There's a tech museum for that.

  1. cheesmo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think the new tables (as far as what we can see) looks nice, and seems like an improvement. I have owned many Toshiba products over the years, and I have not had any issues with quality. I own an iPad 2 now because, at the time I wanted to buy a tablet, only the iPad, the Galaxy Tab, and the Xoom were available, and I didn't want a buggy device. I own and Android phone, and I love it, but I can see the shortcomings, and I have stupid issues like having the device lock up when I go to answer a call and stuff (but this may happen on iPhones too...?).
    I hope that some of these Android devices can get their act together because I like the openness of the Android platform. I have recently gone to a local Best Buy and checked out the new Galaxy 10.1 and the Thrive, as well as the Playbook and the HP device. I will say that the competition is heating up. I might have actually picked up a Thrive or a 10.1 if they had been out back in March. I will say that having owned an iPad 2, my future list of requirements will be even more strict. The battery life of a Tablet will have to be on par with my iPad 2 or it will be a complete deal breaker.
    So I will say, "good luck", to all of those companies competing in the tablet market. I think that there is plenty of room for competition, the burden is simply on them to make a worthy competitor to the iPad. That day will come, but by then will anyone care? This is like the iPod all over again.

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