COMPUTER MAKER Toshiba has spilled the beans on its upcoming tablet, which it hopes will take some of the shine out of Apple's market share.
Dubbed the Toshiba Tablet, it will have a screen that measures 10.1 inches diagonally, compared with 9.7 inches on Apple's Ipad. This is interesting because many felt that the Ipad screen was too big, making it rather heavy to hold.
However if Toshiba can keep the weight down, a larger screen will certainly be better for viewing entertainment and reading newspapers. However at the moment Toshiba is saying that the device will weigh 1.7 pounds. This is heavier than the Ipad, which means that you might need to develop some upper arm strength and stamina to read your online copy of the Times.
Toshiba's device will also have the forthcoming version of Android called Honeycomb, which is more optimised for tablets than the current smartphone-focused versions of Android by letting applications adjust to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen.
The other area where it will have to compete with Apple is price. So far the closest anyone can squeeze out of Toshiba is that its tablet will be "competitive" with the Ipad.
According to the Washington Post the Toshiba Tablet can show high-definition videos in 1080p resolution and it includes an HDMI port to connect it to an HD television. It can also play Flash videos, which the Ipad can't.
The Tablet will have an Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting as well as a 5-megapixel rear camera.
It will have some limitations. It will include WiFi for getting online but won't initially have the ability to access wireless carriers' data networks, like the Galaxy Tab and the more expensive version of the Ipad can.
The Tablet will also have GPS and Bluetooth technologies and include a USB port, a mini USB port and an SD memory card slot. µ
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