Toshiba has taken the wraps off a new tablet featuring advanced multimedia capabilities. Equipped with a 7-inch color touchscreen, the Thrive 7 is expected to reach U.S. retailers in time for this year`s holiday shopping season.
Powered by Nvidia`s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, the Thrive 7 provides users with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity options. Toshiba`s new machine, which runs the Android 3.2 operating system also known as Honeycomb, also integrates a selection of built-in ports -- including mini USB, micro HDMI and a micro SD card slot.
Still, Toshiba is expected to find it challenging to not only compete with Apple`s red-hot iPad 2 but also Amazon`s new 7-inch Kindle Fire.
"The Kindle Fire may be lacking some features on the hardware side, but has a very attractive content offering -- at least in North America and some international markets," said Gartner Research Vice President Carolina Milanesi.
Thrive 7 vs. Kindle Fire
By rolling out the Thrive 7 on the same day that Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire at a retail price of just $199, Toshiba is clearly aiming to appeal to "on-the-go consumers looking for a no-compromise tablet," said Toshiba America Information Systems Vice President Carl Pinto.
For example, the new Kindle Fire does not integrate a webcam whereas the Thrive 7 sports two. Toshiba`s new machine integrates a five megapixel camera-camcorder for capturing HD video and snapping photos as well as a two megapixel camera for supporting video chat sessions.
Moreover, the Thrive`s 7-inch touchscreen delivers a high-definition resolution of 1280x800 pixels vs. the 1024x600 pixel display sported by the new Kindle Fire. "The Thrive 7 tablet is the first seven-inch tablet in the U.S. market to offer a true HD display," Pinto claimed.
Though the Kindle Fire also runs Android underneath the hood, that device integrates...
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