Could it be? Another tablet
? Of course, it's the year of the tablet! The next in line to pump out their best anti-iPad effort is Toshiba
, with the Folio 100 actually being one of the slicker units that we have seen recently. This is another Android-based tablet, presumably to go head-to-head with Samsung
's Galaxy Tab. For now, it's only shipping in Europe, but maybe if it sells well there, it'll head to other parts of the globe shortly.
This is a 10.1" unit, fully supporting Flash 10.1 (via a firmware update coming later this month) and utilizing NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset. The display has a 1024x600 screen resolution, and it ships with Android 2.2 onboard. There's also 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), optional Mobile Broadband is on the way and there's even DLNA support for media streaming.
Other specifications include mini-HDMI, USB 2.0, an SD/MMC card reader and a 1.3MP webcam. There's also 7 hours of claimed battery life, and as for pre-installed software, you'll get Toshiba Media Player, Fring, Document to Go, Evernote. Pricing will vary across Europe, with MSRPs ranging from £329 in England and €399 to €529 elsewhere.
Toshiba ships its Android-based tablet FOLIO 100
Toshiba Market Place for FOLIO 100 makes available a broad choice of applications
Neuss, Germany, 4th November 2010 – Toshiba begins distribution of its recently announced media tablet FOLIO 100 throughout Europe. The Android-based device offers a rich entertainment experience and gives access to a wide selection of apps and download services via Toshiba Market Place.
Enjoying a rich multimedia experience
Featuring a broad range of connectivity options the 25.7cm (10.1') personal media tablet FOLIO 100 provides a seamless, user-friendly experience across entertainment, social networking and mobile Internet. Support of Adobe® Flash 10.1 enhances FOLIO 100's rich multimedia capabilities. A plug-in to allow playback of Flash videos will be available for download free of charge as of mid-November 2010 via Toshiba Market Place.
A wide selection of apps allow personalisation of FOLIO 100
Via Toshiba Market Place, FOLIO 100 offers access to a download area with a wide selection of apps optimised for FOLIO 100's 10.1' screen. Users can choose from several hundred apps that are neatly organised in categories including communications, games, travel & maps, business & finance, e-books, utilities and many more.
Developer platform offers professional support
To support software developers, Toshiba offers access to a platform (www.toshibatouch.eu) that is especially dedicated to their needs. They will find useful tools and get professional support for developing new apps which are optimised for FOLIO 100 and Toshiba's Internet companion AC100. Apps can be uploaded and will be added to the Market Place portfolio as soon as they get approval to be used on FOLIO 100 and AC100. An attractive revenue share model allows developers to participate with up to 70 per cent of the revenue of their app.
Download and music sharing made easy
Music Place, powered by 7Digital, offers an easy to use client that gives access to one of the widest catalogues of music. Users can either download purchased tracks and file it on the FOLIO 100 or store it on a personal cloud storage area and then sync their connected devices via internet. This opens up a modern way to enjoy content anytime and anywhere.
Facts & Figures*
· CPU: Nvidia® Tegra™ 2
· 25.7cm (10.1'') capacitive multi-touch display with 1,024 x 600 pixels
· Highly intuitive graphical interface that runs on top of Android 2.2 (Froyo)
· On-board storage capacity: 16 GB
· Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n), Mobile Broadband (soon available in certain models and countries)
· DLNA® compatible
· 1 x mini HDMI®, 1 x USB 2.0 (client and hub), SD/MMC Card Reader
· Supports Adobe® Flash 10.1. Software download available as of mid November 2010
· Rotation of displayed content on the screen by accelerometer
· Webcam with 1.3 MPixel
· Battery life: 7 hours (65% web browsing, 10% video playback, 25% standby)
· Weight: 760g
· Size: 281mm x 181mm x 14mm
· Pre-installed software (excerpt): Toshiba Media Player, Fring, Document to Go, Evernote
* depending on configuration and local availability