The just-announced Toshiba Tablet doesn’t have a formal name yet, but it already looks a lot better than the Folio 100 that was a flop overseas. The company’s first Android slate for the U.S. has a Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip for 1080p video playback and a higher resolution display than the iPad (1280 x 800). Plus, this panel uses Toshiba’s Adaptive Display Technology, which means contrast and brightness automatically adjust based on the lighting conditions. We’d tell you how well this feature works, but the unit Toshiba showed us before CES was so early it didn’t power on.
How else will this 1.7-pound tablet stand out from the Honeycomb-ready crowd when it launches during the first half of 2011 (read: probably March or April)? It sports a nice rubberized Easy Grip Finish on the back–available in multiple colors–powerful stereo speakers, dual cameras (5-MP and 2-MP), and HDMI output.
Toshiba promises to bundle its own Toshiba Places App Marketplace (to highlight media goodies optimized for the hardware) and Toshiba BookPlace (eReader and marketplace). These options will not replace the Android Market, but it’s not clear how much value they’ll add. What we’re more intrigued by is the Toshiba Resolution+ technology, which promises to add HD color and contrast to standard def video.
Overall, the Toshiba Tablet sounds like a nice little package, which will be Wi-Fi only to start. That’s fine by us, as long as it’s affordable.