Toshiba’s new tablet separates from the competition by having a replaceable battery

| January 24, 2011 | Reply

With a huge surplus in tablets coming out this year, it’s getting harder to figure out which one to get. Toshiba is trying to separate themselves by adding a replaceable battery rather than the industry standard internal battery. The Toshiba Tablet will run Android’ 3.0 Honeycomb and will have Nvidia’s dual core Tegra 2 processor included with Geforce graphics core to support high definition images.  According to Toshiba’s site, the battery can be replaced simply with a screwdriver. This will come handy for when you are playing games or using multimedia regularly. You simply switch out the battery and go wherever you need to go without tethering yourself to a wall charger. Toshiba showed off a prototype tablet earlier this year running Android 2.2 Froyo but no date was announced. Perhaps they are moving in a new direction with Honeycomb with no success with their previous tablet, the Folio 100 which also ran Froyo.  With the Motorola XOOM (first Honeycomb tablet), LG G-Slate (first Honeycomb 4G-ready tablet), and Asus’s Eee Pad (tablet with slide-out keyboard) will Toshiba’s game plan of making  the battery replaceable be the game changer for you? Here is the full run down of the specs provided by the site:

Specs:

  • 10.1 inch screen
  • headphone jack
  • SD card slot
  • hdmi, usb, and mini-sub ports
  • Internal microphone for video chat
  • SRS audio enhanced speakers
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat
  • 5 megapixel reaer-facing camera
  • Lithium ion replacable battery
  • docking port
  • motion sensor, gps, and compass
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual core Processor
  • EasyGrip non-slip backcover that is interchangeable  (comes in different colors)

So is this a tablet worth waiting for? Let us know in comment section. For official specs and information on the Toshiba Tablet go to the official site at www.thetoshibatablet.com

Toshiba will launch a tablet later this year that includes a 10.1-inch screen and a replaceable battery, according to a company website previewing the device.The tablet, called Toshiba Tablet, will run on Google’s upcoming Android 3.0, which is code-named Honeycomb, and will be powered by Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor,according to the website.The tablet provides the unique ability to replace a battery, which can be done by “screwdriver-savvy people,” the company said on the website.The capability to replace batteries could be handy if the device is regularly used to view high-definition movies or play games. Toshiba is pitching the tablet as a gaming and multimedia device, and the Tegra 2 chip includes a GeForce graphics core that can help the tablet display images at high-definition resolutions. But playing HD video can draw a lot of power, which can affect battery life. Toshiba did not provide battery life details for the tablet on its website. Other features include a 2.0-megapixel camera in the front and a 5.0-megapixel camera with autofocus on the back. The device will include USB ports, an HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) slot, and an SD memory card slot. The tablet will ship in spring, the company said on the website. Toshiba did not respond to requests for comment. Toshiba showed off a prototype tablet with a similar screen size running Android 2.2 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, but did not specify a release date for the product. The company did not have success with its first tablet, the Folio 100, with U.K.-based consumer electronics vendor Dixon’s Retail pulling the tablet off the shelves in November last year because of high return rates. The Folio also included a 10.1-inch screen and ran on Android’s 2.2 OS, which is code-named Froyo. With the new tablet, Toshiba will be reentering a crowded market that took off in April last year with Apple’s iPad. According to IDC tablet shipments totaled around 4.8 million in last year’s third quarter. IDC is projecting tablet shipments in 2010 to total 17 million units, and 44.6 million units for 2011. Gartner is projecting tablet shipments to be as high as 54.8 million next year. About 100 tablets were announced at the CES earlier this month, with many running Android 3.0 and powered by Tegra 2. Motorola announced the Xoom, which includes a 10.1-inch screen, and is expected to be the first Honeycomb tablet to reach market. Asus announced the Eee Pad Slider, which includes a slide-out keypad. LG announced the G-Slate, which will run T-Mobile’s 4G network. Dell launched the Streak 7, which will initially run on Android 2.2, but will soon be upgradable to Android 3.0.

Source: PC World

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