Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb Tablet: US Release July

Just a matter of days ago, Toshiba announced a new tablet device by the name of Thrive. It is hoped to be a serious contender against the likes of Apple’s iPad 2 and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook. Ok, so we know that many of you have now got or are thinking of getting an iPad 2, but you may be interested to know that the Thrive will be retailed at a much lower price.

If we give you a basic rundown of specs, we can tell you that in terms of size, the new 10-inch Toshiba will be slightly bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad 2. It will also as T3 stated, run on Android’s Honeycomb 3.1 OS, include a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 5MP rear camera, 2MP to the front and so on.

In a brief statement from Jeff Barney at Toshiba America he said, “There is a market out there of folks who want to buy non-Apple products.” Of course we agree with this, but the iPad 2 up until now it still dominating the tablet market.

If we look at the all important price, we can report thanks to Cnet that the Thrive entry model will set you back $429 (£260) which when sitting it next to Apple’s entry WiFi model, will be at least $70 (£40) less. The only downside to the Thrive that we can see at the moment, is that it will position itself within the US market in July with the UK waiting until the end of the year.

What are your thoughts on yet another tablet? Are there too many now to choose from, will the Thrive just get lost within the barrage of devices?