Confirmed: Toshiba Thrive Pricing, Release Date Announced UPDATE

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Toshiba’s Android tablet received a name, but until recently was still lacking the all-important price and release details. Thanks to a recent cluster of rumors, we might now know quite a bit more about the Toshiba Thrive, including those two key features.

Toshiba ThriveAccording to Laptopmag the 10.1-inch Honeycomb Toshiba Thrive will become available on July 10, and will start at $429 for the 8 GB version. The 16 GB and 32 GB versions will supposedly cost $479 and $579, respectively. That pricing for the 32 GB version matched up perfectly with an earlier price leak from Newegg.

Pre-orders for the Thrive will begin on June 10 according to the source, although which retailers will carry the device, or if it will have any special sales partnerships, was not mentioned.

A version of the tablet known as the Regza AT3000 should arrive in Japan sometime in June, although it costs significantly more than the rumored price for the US Thrive.

The rumors above directly conflict with statements made last month by the head of Toshiba’s UK business laptop division, who said that the Thrive would not arrive until the very end of summer. The reasons for the delay were not expounded upon, and its possible Toshiba has since gotten its ducks in a straight enough row to push for the July release.


Update: Engadget has confirmed all of Laptopmag’s details, and added a few more. The Thrive will have a haptic display, meaning that it can provide tactile feedback (vibrate a little) when users are typing or playing games. It will feature Swype technology and Toshiba’s Resolution Plus video editing software. And, the Thrive will be able to keep on thriving with a removable battery.



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