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Toshiba: Our Tablet Will Be Superior to iPad 2

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.

  • robochump
    Well it will be good to see stiff competition in this tablet market. I was disappointed by the iPad 2's cameras and screen resolution but the iOS is still very nice. More competition = better consumer products!
  • eklipz330
    sigh tablets. more tablets.

    when they become super mainstream, i will pick one up for no more than $300. maybe i'll NEED it one day as well... but for now, my pc does everything i could ever want it to. hell, even a netbook would be nice...
  • Why the hell you need a tablet?!

    Anyways, I am glad for Toshiba
  • jmchien
    I like how a lot of companies say "will be better..." , but the "will" never comes or comes too late...
  • ananke
    Toshiba has a winner here :)
  • fire_storm
    Toshiba doesn't undrestand what "better" is, they think better specs = better product
    thats wrong
  • @otacon72 - Depends what you use your netbook for. I can play Dead Space or Need for Speed on my iPad, make music with the Korg synthesizer or Rebirth apps, and run plenty of other apps that do not run on a netbook. Conversely there are plenty of apps that run on a netbook that won't run on a pad. Just because you don't need a pad doesn't mean nobody does. By the time MS release Windows and Office for a tablet, there will be hundreds of thousands of iOS and Android apps, and tens of thousands of HP/Palm and RIM apps. MS will be struggling to attract developers at that point.
  • to beat apple, it has to be better, and it has to cost less.
    Toshiba will probably scrimp on the screen.
  • joytech22
    They released 2.2 for my netbook and then dropped support for it entirely, and even removing the support forum from their website.

    They better look after their customers with this tablet or so help me.. I'll do absolutely nothing.
  • kilo_17
    This looks like a pretty good iPad competitor, I think.