The Toshiba Thrive is a 10 inch Android tablet with a few features that set it apart from the crowd. It has a full-sized USB port and a full-sized SD card slot. The tablet also has a removeable back panel which makes it easy to replace the battery. The tablet is scheduled to go on sale in the US Sunday, but several web sites are reporting that the tablet went on sale a bit early at some Best Buy locations.
A member of the Thrive Forums spotted a 16GB model in Austin Texas. Meanwhile an Android Central forum user snagged one from a Best Buy store in Atlanta, Georgia.
It seems likely that these two stores set out the tablet by mistake, so I wouldn’t necessarily expect to find Toshiba Thrive units at all locations. But if you happen to be in the market for Toshiba’s first tablet to run Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb and you don’t feel like waiting until this weekend it might be worth making a trip to the local Best Buy.
The tablet has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor and front and rear cameras. An 8GB model is expected to cost about $430, while a 16GB model runs $480 and a 32GB version will cost $580.
Today I found the 16GB Thrive on display at an Office Depot in Connecticut. The sales guy insisted they were for sale and he had had the machines for the last two weeks . . . went and got one for me and brought it to the checkout . . . and listened with a look of amused tolerance while I quoted Lilliputing as the source that said that aside from two random reports of Best Buy stores selling them no one else had them for sale. He then discovered that they couldn’t actually sell it until July 18. By which time I will have bought it from Best Buy, who reportedly will be selling it in stores on July 10!
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