Much has been said, speculated, assumed, and “unofficially confirmed” about the upcoming Toshiba Thrive 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet, but Toshiba has finally made its own announcement, providing the complete details about the Thrive’s functionality and release.
The highlights of the Thrive (as told in Toshiba’s latest announcement) have to be three big features that the majority of consumer-oriented tablets lack. Firstly, the Thrive will feature a removable battery, an attribute that is a true rarity amongst consumer-grade slates.
Secondly, the Toshiba Thrive will offer an alternate method of typing, incorporating Swype technology into its onscreen keyboard. Swype allows users to swipe their finger across the screen to type, and has become popular in some smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Tab also features Swype technology.
Thirdly, the Thrive will have a collection of full-sized ports. Aside from an SD card slot and HDMI port, the Thrive will also feature a USB 2.0 port. Most consumer tablets opt instead for micro USB, the original USB port’s smaller, more annoying cousin. Only a few offer full USB support, and the Thrive will be sure to join their ranks.
Considering the attributes above, Thrive will be bulkier than its contemporaries, but still have some unique, differentiating functionality.
More Details on the Thrive
Looking past those features above, the Thrive has the standard set of Android specs that one has come to expect from manufacturers that rely on Google’s OS. It will come with the latest version of Honeycomb (Android 3.1), feature a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display, and be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.
The Thrive will not be offered with a data connection, coming only in Wi-Fi-only flavor.
Pricing and Availability
The Thrive will cost $430 for the 8GB version, $480 for 16GB, or $580 for 32GB. It will be available for pre-order on June 13 from a collection of major retailers, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Radio Shack and hhgregg. Shipments will begin in mid-July.