Toshiba tablet touches down in Europe

Toshiba today started shipping its first foray into the tablet arena with the Folio T100.

The Japanese company seems to be bucking the trend for seven-inch devices being touted by every OEM on earth and has followed Apple's lead with a ten-inch offering.

Hoping that Apple's iPad hasn't quite got the entire prodable PC market completely tied up, Toshiba seems to have listened to iPad naysayers and is making a big issue out of having all the stuff Steve Jobs missed out.

So you'll get Flash 10.1 support out of the box, as well as an HDMI port, two USB ports and a card reader.

The multi-touch, capacitive screen device runs a customised version of Google's Android 2.2 operating system, has an Nvidia Tegra 250 processor and boasts a seven-hour battery life, though we'd be willing to bet you won't get that playing HD video.

Giving Apple another poke in the eye the T100 also features a 1.3MP web cam which can be used to make video calls and the like.

Because of all of that portage, its a bit fatter, and substantially lumpier than the sleek iPad, but you can't have everything.

It's winging its way to a shelf near you as we speak and you'll have to save up something very close to £350 if you want to get your hands on one. That's 560 of your yankee dollars but there's no word when it will make it across the pond, which makes a nice refreshing change.