Toshiba’s Thrive is coming to the US market in a few days. The Honeycomb tablet has found a place in the BestBuy’s inventory database with a July 10th date. Even though the tab was slated for a mid-July release, its pre-orders had already commenced on June 13th. This is Toshiba’s first tablet for the US.
It also sports a removable battery, which is another first in the Tablet industry. It also packs a few treats like full-sized USB and HDMI ports and a full-sized SDHC / SDXC slot. Guess these were the reason’s for Toshiba procrastinating on the tablet front. Worth the wait though, don’t you think?
The Android 3.1 slate is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H Dual Core processor. It’s got a wholly responsive touchscreen of 1280 x 800 resolution.
On the software side, it packs a handy file manager and a printer helper. The file manager can tap and hold icons to do things such as copy them, at which point you can use the tabbed interface to drop them in internal, SD, or USB storage.
The printing helper has a list off apps that can contain printable materials like GMail, where you can select the document you want to print. The Thrive also comes with onboard Swype – again a first for tabs.
On the entertainment side, the slate’s got some audio enhancement software to help make bass notes pop as well as its very own media organization software.
The 10.1-inch tab is a bit heavy, with 1.6 pounds packed in, but unlike the Xoom (1.5 pounds), the weight isn’t noticeable in your hand. The external case is very gripping on your fingers with soft, rubberized finish on the contoured back (the tabs secure in your hands).
All in all, with a starting price of $429, we can say it will thrive happily in the tablet world. We have to wait a week till it hits the shelves and when it does, we will bring you the details.