Toshiba Thrive tabletToshiba has announced that its upcoming Android tablet will ship on July 10th with a starting price of $429. The tablet will go up for pre-order starting June 13th.

The Toshiba Thrive tablet will feature Google Android 3.1 software at launch. Like most other tablets running the latest versions of Android, the tablet will have a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor and a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display.

One thing that sets Toshiba’s tablet apart from the crowd is the fact that it will include a user removable battery — at least if the specs haven’t changed since the company started showing off an early version of the tablet in January.

The tablet will measure 0.61 inches thick and weigh about 1.6 pounds.

Toshiba also introduced an 11.6 inch Windows tablet with a similar case design this week.

via Laptop Magazine

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4 replies on “Toshiba Thrive tablet launching next month for $429”

  1. As a gadget reviewer I will give rating Toshiba Thrive tablet 7 out of 10 because no dedicate AC adapter for charging, bulky design and facing problem in removing panel. 

  2. ” weigh about 1.6 pounds.”

    Strange how Archos managed to build such a light unit for its 10.1″ tablet (I think it is like 1.1 pounds).  Maybe it is the cheap plastic in the case.  Personally I would sacrifice some build quality for lightness. 

    1. If I am to believe the Coby Kyros site their 10.1 tablet is suppose to come in at 1.5, which is same as the old IPAD.

    2. Removable batteries take up more space and add a little more weight than non-removable batteries.  Since the case has to support swapping the battery without compromising the structural integrity and the battery has to be protected both inside and out to be safe for end users to handle.

      The battery also tends to account for the majority of the weight of these systems.  The iPad for example basically uses the same hardware as the iPhone.  So most of the weight difference is from the larger screen and battery that incidentally takes up most of the internal space of the iPad.

      Thus why many mobile devices use non-removable battery designs to minimize costs and weight.

      A removable battery is a plus though for end users because these batteries lose capacity over time.  Some users of the iPad for example reported that run times dropped from 10+ hours to 6+ hours after just 9 months of use.  While also a removable battery means you can just swap in a spare instead of waiting for it to be recharged and for longer use.

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