On the first day of CES we managed to spot a new Android Honeycomb device from Toshiba and a prototype Windows 7 based tablet. Of course we have all of the latest news and pictures.
The yet untitled Android 3.0 tablet from Toshiba is a 10.1 inch model with a resolution of 1280×800 and will feature a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It has a new LED display technology to give higher contrast and resolution than the traditional LCD based tablets we have seen. It will also employ Adaptive Display technology, which automatically adjusts contrast and brightness depending on surrounding ambient light.
One of the nice features of this device is that it will convert videos to HD quality, similar to how DVD players will convert the resolution to higher resolution. You will be able to view your HD content in 16:10 aspect ratio for superior performance. You can listen to the audio via the stereo speakers or headphones with the headphone jack.
The Android 3.0 Tablet from Toshiba will also be DLNA compliant. DLNA is short for Digital Living Network Alliance, and defines a standard for moving movies, photos, music and other media from device to device. DLNA servers can store media in one location, and, without any setup or configuration, stream the media to DLNA compliant players, like the PS3 and Xbox 360. The big draw behind DLNA is to throw away major configuration, and create a simplistic way for consumers to get media from one device to another. If DLNA is not your bag, the unit comes with a USB and HDMI port in order to connect your device manually.
This device also shines with the dual cameras, it has a 2 MP front facing one and a 5 MP rear facing camera. On the side of the unit it has volume switches, a power button, and a orientation lock button so you can lock the accelerometer to either landscape or portrait mode.
Right now the unit is WIFI only and will come in two different models, one with a 16 Gigs of storage and the other at 32 Gigs of internal memory. You can further enhance the memory via an SD card card up to 32 GB. It will also come with the feature of changing the back of the unit where you have access to the removable battery. Right now it comes in green, black, purple, pink, white, blue, and green. No word yet on the prices of the cases or the price of the unit, but its due for first quarter of 2011 launch.
When Toshiba first put the hardware together for this new Android device, it put a concept together that one of the engineers admitted will have a 0% chance to launch. It featured a Windows 7 Operating system and had an Intel Atom processor instead of the Nvidia Tegra processor that the Android model had.
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