Toshiba Officially Reveals Next Gen Android Tablet

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Though it is still unnamed, Toshiba unveiled what it calls the Next-Gen Android tablet at CES, a 10.1-inch, high-definition tablet with a host of different features.

Toshiba’s tablet will feature a multi-touch display with Adaptive Display technology, which automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness and color depending on the lighting environment. With the help of Toshiba’s Resolution+ video enhancement technology, the display will also have improved color, contrast, and sharpness.

Toshiba TabletUnlike some of its competitors, the Toshiba tablet will have a replaceable prismatic lithium ion battery that can easily be removed.

For video chatting purposes, the tablet will come equipped with a two megapixel front-facing camera in addition to its five megapixel rear-facing camera for taking photos and video. Additionally, integrated GPS and compass will allow users to utilize location-based services.

The tablet will also sport the dual-core processor from NVIDIA, the Tegra 2 with integrated NVIDIA graphics, and will run Google Android OS 3.0, aka Honeycomb, which will be specially designed for tablets.

Other features include HDMI, USB, and mini USB 2.0 ports, as well as an SD card slot and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Hands OnToshiba Tablet

TabletPCReview spent some time with a prototype unit that was running Android 2.2 and not Honeycomb. We expect Toshiba will squeeze a lot out of the Tegra 2 processor, and that was evident by the video resolution enhancement technology, which we assume strains the limits of lesser processors.

Also of note is the removable battery. Integrated batteries are often thinner and lend themselves to a sleek, single piece body — the iPad is a perfect example. Toshiba seems to be thinking of those who would gladly sacrifice a touch of sexiness in order to have the option of squeezing more years out of a device.

Kudos to Toshiba for also including a textured and rubberized backing. Of all the Galaxy Tabs we tested, we preferred the Verizon version for its similar texture. It’s just easier to grip.

The Toshiba tablet will be available in the first half of 2011.

Additional Reporting by Jamison Cush

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