Update: Toshiba’s follow-up to the Thrive may be called the “Excite,” as new reports surface. The company has apparently registered the supposed product name under the category “Tablet Computers,” according to US Trademark filings. Toshiba has also picked up a few domain names, including “excitetablet.com,” “toshibaexcite.com” and “thetoshibaexcite.com,” all of which currently redirect to a Toshiba site.
If the rumors are true, Toshiba isn’t wasting much time in tablet product development, as the company could unveil a follow-up to the Thrive Honeycomb tablet at IFA next week, just months following the Thrive release date.
From leaked photos, the new Thrive will be much thinner than the old model, but will lose the full-sized ports that earned TabletPCReview’s praise in our Thrive review. It will instead offer microSD, microHDMI, and microUSB inputs. The rubberized back panel will also be replaced by a brushed metal piece, similar to the iPad, along with an edge-to-edge glass screen on the front.
There is little detail available regarding device specs. Android and Me is reporting the tablet will have a TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz dual-core processor. If that is true, it will be one of the first Honeycomb tablets to ship without a NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. The tablet will also have a front-facing webcam and combo audio jack. TabletPCReview assumes that rather than a true successor, this device is a slimmer variant of the original Thrive, which, while extremely functional and practical, is thick and bulky compared with other 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablets. If that’s the case, it should retain the same screen resolution (1280 x 800), and Honeycomb 3.1 or 3.2, though 3.2 is likely as that build is said to work with chips other than NVIDIA’s.
TabletPCReview will be on the ground for IFA this week, and we will have complete hands-on reports on this device should it actually be in Berlin.
Source: Notebook Italia