Toshiba has announced the next Android Honeycomb tablet to come out of Toshiba headquarters, the Toshiba AT200.
This 10.1″ tablet is much trimmer than the Toshiba Thrive, and will likely get a better name before it arrives on store shelves. Based on rumors, we expect it to be called the Toshiba Excite.
The new tablet addresses some of the issues we found in our Toshiba Thrive review, by delivering a much better looking tablet, but we’ll have to wait until we can go hands on to see just how much the Toshiba AT200 has improved on Toshiba’s first Android tablet.
The Toshiba AT200 has a 10.1″ widescreen display, which will give it a longer form factor than the iPad, but hopefully the new 7.7mm thin chassis and 1.2 pound weight will help with some of the balancing and holding issues we had with the Thrive. The 10.1″ display has a 1280×800 resolution and is flanked by an average size bezel. Powering the tablet is a TI OMAP 4430 1.2GHz processor, and you have 64GB of on board storage and a micro SD card slot to add to the storage needs.
This tablet has a 5MP rear facing camera and a 2MP front facing camera for video chat. Toshiba claims up to eight hours of battery life. The tablet include Micro HDMI, Micro USB as well as WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Toshiba AT200 is a mm thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″, which up until now has been the frontrunner for Android tablets. Toshiba may have a chance at heating up the Android tablet market if they can bring this device to market fast enough, at the right price.
Toshiba hasn’t announced pricing or availability of the Toshiba AT200 just yet, but we have heard that it will ship before the end of the year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on store shelves before October is over, so that it can take advantage of the holiday shopping and spending.
Are you impressed with what you see so far? I like the looks of the tablet, but need to touch it before I declare that Toshiba is on the right path.
A Toshiba Spokesperson provided the following comment on this new tablet,
At IFA, Toshiba is showcasing the AT200, a forward-looking thin and light tablet that demonstrates our ability to push the category forward. While extremely thin, the AT200 will feature a range of ports – a testament to Toshiba’s focus on usability in all of our tablet designs, an important element the category overall needs. Although consumers are telling us they want thin and light tablets, we also are hearing they do not want to sacrifice usability to get there.
Toshiba is committed to expanding its tablet offerings building upon Thrive’s success with future tablets. The AT200 is currently on the U.S. product roadmap; however, general availability, pricing and detailed specifications of this product have not yet been announced. This new innovative thin and light device, when launched, will co-exist with our mainstream Thrive™ tablet, creating a new premium segment and expanding the Toshiba tablet roadmap to meet the multiple usage requirements of our customers.
Based on this comment, we expect a higher price premium on this device, which was already a given based on the single model 64GB version which was shown off at IFA.