Tablets have been around for a long time, but all of the sudden over the past year they’ve exploded in popularity. This new on from Toshiba is drool worthy I think, it’s Android with a 10.1” screen and 1280 x 800 resolution with a dual core Nvidia Tegra processor in it.

-Toshiba’s Digital Products Division today previewed its first Android-powered tablet for the U.S. market. Featuring a 10.1-inch diagonal widescreen HD display, the tablet is well-equipped with stand-out performance and features, plus smart technologies that adapt to the way you want to use it. The Toshiba tablet is slated to ship in the first half of 2011 with the Android Honeycomb operating system, the next version of Android designed for tablet devices.

 

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“This new device reflects Toshiba’s long expertise in merging intuitive, easy-to-use visual and mobility-focused hardware with uncommonly smart technologies and will deliver on the promise of the category.”

“The time is right to deliver a new generation of tablets that go beyond expectations, giving users the freedom to experience the full web and app ecosystem with open designs that provide unprecedented connectivity and personalization,” said Jeff Barney, vice president and general manager, Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division. “This new device reflects Toshiba’s long expertise in merging intuitive, easy-to-use visual and mobility-focused hardware with uncommonly smart technologies and will deliver on the promise of the category.”

Next-Gen Tablet Design with Smart Features

The Toshiba tablet’s high-resolution 10.1-inch diagonal widescreen multi-touch display is ideal for viewing full websites and both landscape and portrait mode. The display’s high definition 1280×800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio also creates a cinematic experience for movie viewing and gaming. Coupled with support for Adobe® Flash®-enabled content, the tablet provides a complete web and entertainment experience.

The Toshiba Adaptive Display technology ensures that users get the best visual experience, automatically adjusting the display’s brightness and color to the lighting environment. The tablet also features a built-in motion sensor that enables full screen rotation and includes a rotation-lock switch to set the display in position when the user chooses. In addition, the tablet includes an on-screen keyboard with Haptic feedback for more accurate typing.

The stylish design features Toshiba’s EasyGrip finish and will be available in multiple colors. This unique slip-resistant rubberized surface is more comfortable to the touch and easy to hold. Unlike the current generation of devices, the Toshiba tablet features an open design, giving users greater flexibility for customization with user-replaceable EasyGrip back covers and a replaceable prismatic lithium ion battery.

Brilliant HD Entertainment

Powered by the world’s most advanced mobile processor – the dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 with integrated NVIDIA graphics – users will be able browse the web at unprecedented speed, experience amazing graphics in the latest games and multimedia and benefit from accelerated multi-tasking. The NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor also delivers smooth, full frame-rate 1080p HD video playback.

Reflecting Toshiba’s long experience in incorporating smart technologies into intuitive hardware designs, the tablet includes Toshiba Resolution+™ video enhancement technology that improves color, contrast and sharpness, giving standard definition video a more high definition look as well as Toshiba sound enhancement technology to boost the audio experience adding more robust sound capabilities to the device’s stereo speakers.

Easy Media Sharing, Capture and Connectivity

The tablet features a two megapixel front-facing camera and five megapixel rear-facing camera for taking photos, videos and video chat, and includes integrated GPS and compass so users can take advantage of location-based services.

The tablet will also feature a full host of connectivity options and ports that make it easy to integrate the device into everyday digital life, including a full-size HDMI® port to easily share photos and video on an HDTV, a full-size USB and a mini USB 2.0 port for connecting external devices. A full-size SD Card slot provides options for additional storage and transferring files. The device will also be equipped with Bluetooth® for easy device connectivity and fast 802.11n Wi-Fi® support for easily connecting to the web from home, the office or Wi-Fi hotspots. Optional docking stations will allow users to connect and recharge the device at a desk or at home and provide additional connectivity ports.

Availability

The Toshiba tablet will be available in the first half of 2011 through major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com as well as select Toshiba Preferred Partner Program resellers.

 

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