Uncovered New Toshiba’s 7-Inch Tablet Thrives

When the iPad 2 came along in March of this year, many believed that other devices wouldn’t get a look in and that the Apple tablet would carry on holding first position. With such a vast collection of other slates to choose from and some not doing quite as well as first expected such as RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, who are we to argue.

One tablet just announced that may not be able to stand up to the iPad 2 but that of Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the new Toshiba Thrive 7-inch. Taking over from its previous brother the 10-incher, the new smaller Thrive deserves a mention. With a display giving out a 1280 x 800 resolution and using a new AutoBrite, Adaptive Resolution+ technology, the Thrive will benefit from crisp, clean graphics. This is something that Engadget have backed up when they managed to get their hands on the new Toshiba. Although Dana Wollman only got a few minutes with the new device, it was noted that the display was impressive with taps and swipes responding quickly.

Running on Android’s 3.2 OS with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, the Thrive will come packed with 16GB or 32GB storage with a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2 megapixel to the front for video chat. Connectivity comes through via WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, mini USB, micro HSMI along with microSD card slot for expansion, Slashgear also pointed out that 3G/4G is not an option at the present time.

Compared to the original 10-inch Thrive which was somewhat big and chunky, the new Thrive 7 has downsized and for the better. The older model packed full sized HDMI and USB ports giving it a stocky feel along with a weighty 1.6 pounds. Toshiba’s new Thrive 7 will not just give easy portability, but in appearance will benefit from a rubber backed panel incorporating Toshiba’s new slip resistant Easy Grip finish.

As to the new Toshiba’s price and official release date, this is something we will have to update you on. We can tell you that indications are pointing to a November/December release in the US. Follow the link here for Engadget where you can find out more on their Toshiba Thrive 7 “hands-on.”

Let us know what you think about the new Toshiba Thrive 7-inch? Can the market make way for yet another tablet?