Toshiba Announces The Folio 100 Android Tablet

Japanese manufacturer Toshiba has launched the Folio 100 Android tablet at the IFA conference in Germany, one where dozens of iPad Android-based wannabes have been launched it seems.

The tablet, which looks suspiciously like a digital photo frame with its large bezel, has a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen that can show up to 1024x600 pixels. It is larger than Samsung's 7-inch model but yet is said to cost £329 including VAT.

Armed with Froyo (Android 2.2) and a dual core ARM-based Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, the Folio 100 may well become a compelling buy even if the model at the IFA was the Wi-Fi version, without the optional 3G.

Still, it has a built in accelerometer, Bluetooth, Flash Player 10.1, USB 2.0 ports, a SD card slot, a HDMI port, a battery life of up to 7 hours and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing.

The Folio 100 weighs 760g and is 14mm thick which puts it almost on par with the Apple iPad and Toshiba is bundling something called Toshiba Marketplace which brings together Music, Radio and App features.

It is interesting to note that the device has 16GB onboard memory which can be extended to a not so insignificant 80GB thanks to a £160 64GB SDXC card. Alternatively, a good 32GB SD card can be had for around £50.