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Toshiba Introduces Its iPad 2 Competitor

Toshiba has revealed some details about its upcoming tablet (opens in new tab), officially named Thrive. The company hopes its new tablet will compete against the iPad 2 in particular through its lower price tag.

It appears that Toshiba is was so eager to roll its tablet out on the market that it could not wait for Nvidia's quad-core chip, Kal El to become available. Instead the company has decided to go for a dual-core Tegra 2 processor.

The Toshiba Thrive will bring a 10.1-inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and will be powered by Android 3.1. The tablet will offer a dual camera system with a 5MP rear-facing and a 2MP front-facing camera. Other features include full-sized HDMI, USB ports and a removable battery system. Customers will have the chance to choose from various coloured rubber cases. USB Host is another interesting feature Thrive brings and it allows users to connect external devices (a mouse, external HDDs) to the tablet.

Thickness is not Thrive’s strong point though, the tablet is almost twice as thick as the iPad 2, but this has not affected pricing too much.

The Toshiba Thrive will hit the US stores in July and will be priced as follows: $430 for the 8GB version, $430 for the 16 GB model and $580 for the 32 GB version.

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