Toshiba Thrive 10.1″ Honeycomb Tablet Release Date in mid July; starting Price $429
Recently we saw the Toshiba’s first 10.1 inch tablet listed on J&R website as Thrive with a price tag of $449 but the page was pulled immediately. Now it seems that Toshiba confirmed that its tablet for US would be known as thrive and will have a starting price a little less than J&R listed. The Tablet was first unveiled at CES 2011 back in January as unnamed and since then the tablet has been appeared on many sites including Newegg and Best Buy, where newegg listed tablets in 3 version based on the storage capacity with a name ANT with a the same starting price as J&R.
The Tablet powered with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chipset features a 10.1″ display with 1280×800 pixels, 5MP rear camera and 2MP front one and also sports unusual ports like a miniUSB port for hooking up peripherals like your video camera, an HDMI-out port, a dock connector as well as a full-size USB 2.0 port, and microSD slot. The tablet is expected to run on the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb on board. For wireless connectivity the device has WiFi and Bluetooth.
It also comes with a Toshiba-branded file manager and Swype pre-installed — though, as always, you can switch to the stock Android keyboard. The Thrive tablet features a removable battery that’s rated up to seven hours of continuous HD video playback, and promises to recharge up to 90 percent in 1.5 hours.
When it comes to accessories, Toshiba Thrive tablet is offering a case that doubles as a stand, and a dock with two additional USB ports, plus HDMI.
The Toshiba Thrive has been priced at $429 for 8GB WiFi only version while 16GB for $479 and 32GB for $579. The Toshiba Thrive tablet will be released in mid July and pre-order will begin on June 13 at Best Buy. Major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, NewEgg, and RadioShack will be offering the tablet when it is released.
Update on June 15/2011: The Tablet is now available for Pre-order on Amazon.com