Following the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galay Tab 7.7 announcements, IFA officially opened today in Berlin. Toshiba, not wanting to cede all the headlines to rival Samsung, turned heads with what it claims is the slimmest 10-inch tablet in the world. It is called the AT200 and it runs Android Honeycomb 3.2. After trying it out, we say with certainty that the AT200 is extremely slim.
In regards to specs, everything about the AT200 matches the competition’s best 10-inch tablets, like Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 or Motorola’s Xoom, and this refers to the screen, above all. Even when we increased the brightness setting to the maximum value via the operating system, the imaging did not seem bright or clear enough as it is with competitive models and the same thing goes for colors – they are not as vivacious and impressive as with Apple, Samsung or Acer’s top models. We had the same thing to say about Toshiba’s other Honeycomb tablet, the Thrive.
On the other hand, display response to finger touch and strokes characteristic for multitouch were precise and were performed without glitches. This is why AT200 seems like a solid tablet for using a virtual keyboard because text can be typed easily enough and without typing mistakes. URL addresses were also easy to type int the web browser which interpreted sites with satisfactory speed.
Despite all this, one has to admit that this Toshiba tablet is actually very slim and light, almost matching smaller 7-inch tablets in weight. This, despite the fact that it is not crafted out of plastic, but has a very solid and convincing metal casing.
The device’s design is not the least bit modern, but with such craftsmanship, Toshiba has certainly raised the bar when it comes to casing quality. Furthermore, Toshiba managed to include a microUSB, a microHDMI and a micoSD hub on such a slim tablet, which will be the decisive factor for many users.
Also, it has a 5-megapixel back-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. We took a few photographs with the back-facing camera and despite very poor lighting at the Toshiba exhibition area, the photos turned out to be rather solid.
Toshiba did not upgrade this tablet’s operating system with any special user interface, but has left an entirely “pure” Honeycomb OS 3.2. Additional user interfaces, which HTC and Samsung put on their tablets, surely increase their functionality, but as there are users who prefer a pure tablet platform, it is clear that Toshiba will be looking out for purchasers of AT200 among them as well.
Toshiba representatives have not yet announced AT200’s price or when it will be released, but from what we have seen, we can conclude that this is a fairly finished product which might be on the market soon, and hopefully with a price which might help purchasers turn a blind eye at details that have not been as polished as with other 10-inch tablets.