Surprise! 7-inch Toshiba Thrive to Hit Shelves in December

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Toshiba has expanded its line of tablets with the addition of the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive.

Toshiba Thrive 7-inchThe 7-inch Thrive will have one of the highest resolutions of any 7-inch Android tablets on the market, with a 1280 x 1025 resolution. The smaller Thrive will share a lot of the same qualities as its 10-inch older brother, such as a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, a 2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera. The device will also run Android Honeycomb 3.2 and support GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. 

The slimmer tablet will weigh in at about .88 pounds and measure about half an inch thick, though it will sport the same textured, rubberized back as the original Thrive. Due to its size the tablet will feature a miniUSB port, a microHDMI out and a microSD slot, instead of the full-sized ports that made the Thrive so student-friendly. In addition the 7-inch Thrive will also come equipped with a headphone jack and docking connector. 

Besides a Swype as a keyboard option, Toshiba will not layer a personal UI on top of the Android platform. The company has not mentioned any details regarding price or availability, though a rep did confirm that the 16GB and 32GB models will go on sale by early December with a starting price of elss than $400.

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