Toshiba’s run at the tablet segment hasn’t been all that memorable so far, though that could change soon. The Japanese electronics powerhouse has said it has learnt its lessons and all of that is going to be reflected in its upcoming tablet PC. The new tablet, which will also be considerably thinner than the current Thrive, will sport an all metal body, which means the rubber cladding of the current Thrive will be done away with.
However, while the current Thrive is often criticized for being a bit too heavy and thick, what has also earned it a lot of kudos is the fact that the Thrive is one among very few to actually sport full sized USB ports. This enabled the Thrive to be attached directly to external accessories such as a keyboard or a gaming pad, though all of these might not be made part of the new slim tablet PC being developed. Instead, its micro HDMI, micro USB, and microSD card slots that the new tablet might be provided with.
Further details are scant at the moment though it is being speculated the Thrive successor might make it to the IFA event scheduled next month in some form, if not a full working version.
Toshiba’s tablet journey in the Apple iPad era started with the Folio, which came and went without making much of a mark. The Thrive survived longer than the Folio, and though it also faced some initial hiccups, Toshiba has been quick to get them rectified. In that order, the upcoming tablet is expected to be even better, though we have to wait for the final product to emerge before jumping to a conclusion.