Toshiba is the next hardware maker set to enter the Google Android tablet game when its Thrive ships in mid-July.
The 10-inch tablet is available for pre-order today, says Gotta Be Mobile, with prices starting at $429.
Don’t get too excited by the price point that’s $70 less than the cheapest Apple iPad 2 though:
Toshiba’s starting model comes with 8 GB of flash storage, or half that in the entry-level iPad.
However, memory in the Toshiba Thrive can be expanded through a full-sized SD memory card.
For consumers who would rather purchase a tablet with more internal storage, the Thrive is available in with 16 GB ($479) and 32 GB ($579) of memory. Other specifications common to all three models include:GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- Google Android Honeycomb 3.1
- 1280 x 800 resolution display
- Full-sized HDMI port, USB port, miniUSB
- 5 megapixel rear auto-focus rear camera with 720p video capture, 2 megapixel front camera
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
- User-replaceable 23 w/Hr battery
The USB port, along with the memory card slot, could sway some to opt for the lower-priced 8 GB model since it provides two ways to add external memory. Full-sized ports can make for a chunky device, however. Toshiba says the tablet weight starts at 1.6 pounds and Toshiba’s own image of the device with its larger ports show a potentially thick tablet.