As it usually is, those in Canada will get to lay their hands on the Toshiba Thrive a full one month after the tablet goes on sale in its southern neighbor. Toshiba has earlier announced it will launch its latest Android Honeycomb tablet in the US on July 10th.
However, while the tablet Toshiba wishes to introduce in Canada will indeed be the Thrive, a fact borne out by the similarity in its specifications, the tablet is likely to have a different nomenclature in that country. This since Toshiba is referring to the tablet as just the Toshiba Tablet and not Thrive.
However, while Toshiba is yet to come up with a proper name, it has already announced the tablet will be available in three version – 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB, prices for which are $429, $479 and $579 respectively. Also the tablet can be availed of from locations such as Best Buy, Future Shop, Walmart and Staples. On offer will be several accessories such as a HDMI multimedia dock as well as a Portfolio 360 case. The latter is interesting in that the case features a unique rotating design that will allow users to “position the tablet at multiple viewing angles in both landscape and portrait modes without removing the tablet from the case,” the patent for which is still pending.
The rest of the Toshiba Tablet’s features include a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 pixels display featuring “Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancement technologies” to ensure sharper image quality. Built around the 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, the tablet will include 5 and 2 megapixel cameras integrated along the front and rear of the tablet, along with full-sized USB, SD, and HDMI ports. Then the tablet will also come with other features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, and stereo speakers with SRS Labs sound enhancement.
Toshiba is expected to announce its exact launch schedule for the tablet sometime soon. So keep watching this space.
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