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Hands on with the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive

Melissa J. Perenson | Sept. 28, 2011
Toshiba today unveiled the newest addition to its Thrive family of tablets: the Toshiba Thrive 7". This compact model has nothing to do with the slimline, 10.1-inch AT200 tablet that the company showed at the IFA trade show in Berlin in September, but it does underscore how quickly technologies and designs in the tablet market are evolving. This 7-inch model is due out in December. (Take a visual tour of the new Thrive here.)

What the new Thrive has that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 lacks is ports galore. You won't find full-size ports here, though (as you do on its larger Thrive sibling). Under a single, neat flap are Micro-USB and Micro HDMI ports, and a MicroSD card slot.

The rest of the specs are par for the course for Android tablets. The 7-inch Thrive runs Android 3.2, a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU, and 1GB of memory, and it comes in either 16GB or 32GB configurations. It has two cameras: a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, with LED flash. The new tablet also sports gyroscope and GPS functionality.

The one possible weakness of this tablet? Its price. Toshiba hasn't finalized pricing, but the numbers the company has tossed out as possibilities appear to be a bit steep. According to Toshiba, the tablet will "probably cost" $379 to $399 for the 16GB version, and $429 to $449 for the 32GB model. Such costs seem high for a 7-inch tablet, though it's worth noting that the inexpensive Lenovo A1 is $200 only because it skimps on internal memory, providing just 2GB.

Besides, Toshiba has plenty of time between now and the release for it to revise the pricing. I suspect Toshiba will have to, if Amazon's Kindle tablet proves to be the competitive force that everyone expects it to be.

 

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