Toshiba has confirmed details around the upcoming launch of the Thrive Tablet, its first Android-powered tablet for the U.S. market. Previously introduced as the “Toshiba Tablet”. Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 21 and Android 3.1, Honeycomb, the Thrive Tablet features a 10.1-inch diagonal high-resolution (1280×800) multi-touch LED backlit widescreen display. The Thrive will come in 8, 16 and 32 gigabyte configurations.
The display is enhanced by Toshiba’s exclusive Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancement technologies to deliver great clarity and sharpness. A comfortable virtual keyboard with Swype technology makes typing easy, while a full suite of sensors, including a Gyroscope and Accelerometer, enable fast and smooth 360-degree screen rotation and control. I don’t know if you have used Swype but once you use it to type you won’t go back. The Thrive Tablet features also features a robust collection of familiar, full-size ports, including USB 2.0, HDMI and an SD Card slot. Pre-loaded applications, including Toshiba File Manager and PrinterShare make it easy to manage files and connect to a printer over a wireless network. The Thrive Tablet is equipped with a pair of high-resolution cameras, including a 2MP front-facing webcam and 5MP rear-facing camera. Stereo speakers tuned with sound enhancement technologies from Toshiba and SRS Labs deliver more natural sound and enhanced clarity for entertainment and video chatting. The Thrive Tablet features a unique slip-resistant surface that is soft to the touch and comfortable to hold. The only tablet to offer a removable back cover, consumers can easily personalize their tablet with color – a selection of interchangeable back covers in five vibrant colors – Blue Moon, Raspberry Fusion, Lavender Bliss, Silvery Sky and Green Apple – will be available for $19.99 MSRP from participating retailers. A removable battery pack offers further flexibility, giving consumers the ability to swap out the battery as needed.
The Thrive Tablet and corresponding accessories will be available for pre-order on June 13 from participating retailers and ToshibaDirect.com at a starting MSRP of $429.994. Available memory configurations include 8GB ($429.99 MSRP4), 16GB ($479.99 MSRP) and 32GB ($579.99 MSRP) models. Full retail availability at major retailers and e-tailers, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Radio Shack and hhgregg, will begin in mid-July.