Toshiba Announces Ultra-Thin AT200 Honeycomb Tablet

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Thin must be in at Toshiba as the Thrive-maker unveiled the AT200 Honeycomb 3.2 tablet at IFA, a device the company describes as “ultra-thin and ultra-light.” It’s hard to argue with Toshiba, considering the AT200 measures .3 inches thick, putting it in the same class as the Samsung Galaxy Tabl 10.1. The svelte AT200 also only weighs 1.2 pounds.

In slimming down its Honeycomb tablet, Toshiba unfortunately ditched the full-sized ports TabletPCReview loved on the Thrive. In place of the ports are a microUSB, microHDMI input, along with a microSD card slot, expandable to 64GB. The 10.1-inch LCD display has a 1280 x 800 resolution, which is typical for its class, and 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor.

The AT200 will have access to the Android Market, and will also have a 5-megapixel rear- and 2-megapixel front- webcam, support Wi-Fi, and offer an eight-hour battery, according to Toshiba.

Thrive fans concerned that Toshiba has ditched the relatively bulky tablet for this slim new model should not be concerned, as Toshiba plans to develop both devices.

“This new innovative thin and light device, when launched, will co-exist with our mainstream Thrive™ tablet, creating a new premium segment and expanding the Toshiba tablet roadmap to meet the multiple usage requirements of our customers,” a Toshiba spokesperson claimed in a written statement to TabletPCReview.

There is no word from Toshiba on the AT200’s price or a solid release date. The company did note that the tablet should be available by the end of the year and is slated for a US release.

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