During CES 2011, Toshiba revealed a 10.1-inch Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet scheduled for shipment during the first half of 2011. The tablet would arrive sporting a capacitive touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 native resolution, Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, HDMI output and even a full-sized USB port.
But now with just a few months to go, Toshiba Australia's Information Systems Division general manager Rob Wilkinson is talking smack about Apple's just-revealed iPad 2. In his eyes, the Toshiba tablet is far more superior. "We are confident that we can match pricing for their new iPad 2 while delivering a device that is richer in features," he said. "We are currently showing retailers the device running Google's new Honeycomb, and when we ship in May, we will have a full version of Honeycomb running."
He admitted that the Toshiba tablet is slightly heavier than Apple’s new iPad 2, weighing at 1.7 pounds. However, the Honeycomb device will supposedly offer a lot of features that doesn't exist on the next-generation iPad. He also added that the tablet will be more suited for retailing in the desktop/laptop sector rather than landing on wireless carriers toting the typical ball-and-chain subscription plan.
Currently Toshiba's biggest tablet contenders are Apple's iPad 2, the 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Motorola's just-released XOOM tablet. Naturally Wilkinson pointed out the benefits of the Toshiba tablet over Apple's iPad 2, noting the full-size USB port, the mini-USB port and the SD card slot for adding up to 32 GB of storage capacity.
Other notable features will include the ability to upscale standard-definition video to Full HD, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, stereo speakers, GPS, a digital compass, and a removable battery offering up to 10 hours on a full charge.
The Honeycomb-powered Toshiba tablet is expected to arrive in May for around $600.