Whether the Thrive tablet PC is actually thriving in the market or not, Toshiba has gone ahead in doing what has become the most logical thing to do for almost all tablet manufacturer — develop a 7 inch tablet version. Being referred to as the Toshiba Thrive 7 inch — this until Toshiba comes up with anything else — the tablet happens to the an exact replica of its bigger 10 inch cousin.
Its not only that for the new tablet has also been done up with the same internals that makes thing work in the bigger Thrive. So its the same 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, a 1280 x 800 pixel display though with the display area now reduced to 7 inches. A 5 megapixel and 2 megapixel camera adorn the rear and front of the tablet respectively. The rear of the tablet is done up with rubber coating with the same textured pattern as in the big brother.
Other features of the new Thrive include SRS audio, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Operating system for the tablet will be Android 3.2 Honeycomb and will be available in both 16 and 32 GB versions.
So far so good but not so from the port side as the full sized USB and SD card slots along with the HDMI port has been done away with in favor of their respective mini versions. Further, the back cover isn’t removable, which means users won’t get the chance to remove the battery, something that they could do with the bigger Thrive.
However, with the reduction in size, a welcome change with the 7 inch Thrive is the corresponding reduction in weight, which is now 0.88 pounds compared to 1.7 pounds of the 10 inch Thrive. Also, the Thrive has never been about being lean and thin and the 7 inch version also conforms to that with a thickness of 0.47 inches.
As for the price and availability details, the new 7 inch Thrive is expected to sport a price tag of less than $400 for the 16 GB version. Also, the tablet should be ready for a market debut around December.
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