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Toshiba Android tablet gets hard specs, Apple-style dock

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Sat August 28, 2010

Toshiba Folio 100 Android tablet detailed early

Toshiba's Android tablet has been given a more definitive name and specs in a scoop that points to an Apple influence. Now labeled by Notebook Italia as the Folio 100, the device not only has a proprietary Apple-style dock connector but a similar cradle to match. Toshiba will also try ot take a cue by running its own store, Toshiba Marketplace, as a supplement to Android Market.

The slate will be competitive in most respects and will have the previously hinted dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 250, which should help output 1080p over HDMI as well as downscaled content to the 10-inch, 1024x600 screen. It should have an iPad-matching 16GB of internal storage and the expected 3G, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi for wireless. Toshiba will claim an edge in expansion with both full-size and mini USB ports as well as an SD card slot and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Battery life would be a significant drawback, however, as it would have just seven hours of web or video use versus Apple's 10 hours.

Android 2.2 should be standard, though Toshiba appears to be modifying it with a more tablet-ready home screen and notification bar. It would veer from the default for the browser by including Opera Mobile and Flash 10.1.

The Folio 100 is likely to get a formal debut at the IFA show next week and could ship as soon as October, but most of the release details are still unknowns. Toshiba was one of the first major electronics makers to reveal plans for a tablet but is widely believed to have involved itself as a reaction to the iPad. Its tablet will be only its second Android device after the AC100 smartbook and will come after years of being one of Microsoft's most loyal partners and selling modest-selling Windows Mobile phones.





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  1. MadGoat

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    So Much For that

    I thought manufacturers were moving away from proprietary connectors and moving to a universal USB connector with Apple remaining the only hold out.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    -7

    remember when

    remember when MacNN, would actually remember it was a Mac news site, and they would mention if the latest gadget would sync with your mac.


    I mean, I know this is electonista, but many find this via macnn, would be nice if they'd mention it.

    Just because apple also makes a tablet (as they also once did printers and cameras), doesn't mean I necessarily choose to accessorize my Mac with all Apple products.

    I would like to know if the Toshiba tablet was Mac friendly.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Original Design!

    Where do these people come up with such fresh ideas?

  1. iphonerulez

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    I'm sure the Android fanbois will take the trade-o

    of less battery life for the extra ports. I wouldn't think a few hours would make much of a difference. What are those USB ports going to be used for? Adding a hard drive or thumb drives? I just wondered what people are going to be hanging off the side of their tablets or does it just make it more convenient to transfer files? The SD port sure should come in handy for storing 1080p video files and music so I do see the benefit of that. With all the extras, I doubt if Toshiba can sell it for less than the iPad.

  1. Paul Huang

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    fake reflection is so f-ugly

    Scary pictures.

  1. lamewing

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    Interesting to me, but...

    It looks like a nice machine and I would definitely like being able to plug in a USB flash drive or SD card to transfer files. The battery life is still good enough (could be beter).

    I have an iPhone, but also like the Android OS. It would be nice if the manufacturers of the Android devices didn't hobble them with their own useless UI add-ons.

    What I don't understand is the 1024 x 600 resolution. Why not 1024 x 640?

  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +3

    The Water Down Effect

    This has always been my problem w/ Android...you get countless variations. From the OS itself (where are we...2.2? 2.1? 1.6?) to the "customization" each hardware vendor makes, you have way too much confusion as to what is needed, offered or required to make your purchase decision. In the end, they all seem the same although you know they're not!

    That's where Apple's brand and the strong marketing message it puts forth for the iPad makes it rise above this ever increasing noise of wannabes. It's a single device with a single OS from a well-know company that at this point, the public knows....honestly, who's not heard of the name "iPad"?

    Are we really going to be remembering the name "Folio 100"?

    /

  1. George3

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    knock off

    Another contender in the race to the bottom.

  1. testudo

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    Re: The Water Down Effect


    This has always been my problem w/ Android...you get countless variations. From the OS itself (where are we...2.2? 2.1? 1.6?) to the "customization" each hardware vendor makes, you have way too much confusion as to what is needed, offered or required to make your purchase decision.


    Damn these companies. Offering people variety and different options to meet specific needs. This is exactly why housing is such a dead market these days. Too many choices. There should be three types of houses, all looking basically the same and all with the same features, just some larger than others. And cars. Don't even get me started with cars. There was a reason the Model T was the most popular car around. People didn't have to choose what to buy!

    That's where Apple's brand and the strong marketing message it puts forth for the iPad makes it rise above this ever increasing noise of wannabes. It's a single device with a single OS from a well-know company that at this point, the public knows....honestly, who's not heard of the name "iPad"?

    Except it isn't a single device. There are 2 different iPads. But I guess whether you want data plans vs. just wifi doesn't constitute a 'difference'.

    Oh, and you're comparing Android, the OS against the iPad, the device. So can we compare up all the iOS devices?

    Because, you know, the iPad is running v3.2 of the iOS, not the latest version, which is v4.0.1 (or 2).

    And the iPads are a lot like the iPhones, which Apple also sells two different models, one of which lacks several of the new features, like FaceTime, that people crow over.

    And they're a lot like the iPod touch, which has even more limitations than the iPhone.

    So we've got Apple selling 4 or 5 different iOS devices (depending if you think somehow a data plan doesn't constitute a different device), all with varying capabilities and two different operating systems.

    But, I know, it's not fragmenting the market...

  1. testudo

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    Re: I'm sure

    What are those USB ports going to be used for? Adding a hard drive or thumb drives? I just wondered what people are going to be hanging off the side of their tablets or does it just make it more convenient to transfer files?

    A lot of people with iPads would love to be able to use it's USB port (yes, the iPad has one folks!) to use to transfer files or for extra storage. Rather than spend several hundred more on internal storage, wouldn't it be nice to just plug in a large USB thumb drive for the occasional file?

    The SD port sure should come in handy for storing 1080p video files and music so I do see the benefit of that.

    Why should the SD port be good for that, but not the USB port? Most people don't carry around SD cards with them, except for pictures. But at least it has both ports. If you want to read an SD card with your iPad, you need the special Apple SD card reader.

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