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Toshiba's iPad 2 Rival Tablet To Come To Best Buy

Best Buy has announced that it will be selling the Toshiba Thrive tablet, the latest challenger to the iPad 2, from the 10th of July at its stores located in the US.

It has yet to confirm when or whether the Thrive will come to the UK. The tablet uses Android 3.1 Honeycomb and has a 10.1-inch display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution (with Toshiba's Resolution+ technology) which has nearly a third more pixels than the iPad.

The Thrive comes with a hardware specification similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; you get a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage for the cheapest model, a front facing two-megapixel camera and a five megapixel-rear model, Bluetooth, user-replaceable backplate & battery, GPS and a docking station.

A 32GB version of the tablet is also available, although the Thrive is only available in Wi-Fi version with a 3G version likely to come at a later stage.

Compared to the iPad, the Thrive comes with significantly more connectivity options; there's a SD card slot (rather than a microSD like most others, which means that it can take in 64GB SDXC cards, pushing the onboard storage to 96GB), USB & mini USB ports as well as a full size HDMI hidden behind a flap.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.