New Toshiba tablet spotted at CES 2011, huge improvement over Folio 100 (HD video)

CES 2011 is under way and Toshiba gave us a little hands on of its coming tablet computer. Now, it isn’t the first time we’ve managed to get our hands on a Toshiba tablet, but the last one – the Folio 100 – was a total failure. This time around, with a little help from Google, Toshiba should be putting out a more decent product.

The tablet we had our hands on was running Android 2.2 Froyo, but when it launches it will be running that tablet-optimized version – 3.0 Honeycomb. But it isn’t just the software that’s this puppy’s saving grace, although it is a huge deal, it’s also what’s in the hardware. The Toshiba tablet, which doesn’t appear to have a proper name just yet, also sports the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. All of this embodied in a 10.1-inch touch-screen tablet with a 1280 x 800 resolution and you have yourself a pretty decent computer.

Like all other Android tablets coming out as of late, the Toshiba tablet will feature front and rear facing cameras – 2MP and 5MP, respectively – for snapshots and video calling. It also has HDMI output and lets you watch 1080p HD videos, too.

A somewhat unusual addition is haptic feedback for the keyboard. However, given the typically awkward typing scenarios with tablets, it could be a nice little feature for users who might want a little event or action for every key pressed to give the feeling that something is indeed happening.

Toshiba couldn’t give us any solid launch dates or pricing, but says that it will be competitive with the Apple iPad. Given the iPad’s tremendous success, however, Toshiba should ought to do a little better than just competing with the Apple tablet’s pricing and give those of us who might want an Android tablet some real incentive.

We’re going to get a closer look at the device this week since our time at the Toshiba party was very limited, and we couldn’t examine the device as closely as we wanted. But so far it’s impressive given what the manufacturer has done in the past, so we’ll see how well it really holds up against the competition – namely Motorola who is set to announce its Android tablet this week, too.

Check out the additional images below and stay tuned for our hands-on video!

  • It’s good that the full-size USB, HDMI and SD ports are intact from the Folio 100. I’m not aware of any Android tablets besides the Folio 100 which has these.

    Hope the screen is better though, based on reviews of the Folio 100, the viewing angles were pretty bad.

  • Hi Marc,

    Alex from RIM here. Great to see that Intomobile is at CES this year. I’m looking forward to meeting IntoMobile at the BlackBerry booth and showing you the PlayBook on Friday.

    As you know, we have been working hard to deliver a professional grade tablet that offers consumers, developers and business users a powerful and exceptional experience.. With its 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, Flash and HTML5 support for an uncompromised web experience, front-and rear-facing HD cameras and ‘true’ multitasking capabilities, we really believe the BlackBerry PlayBook is going to be a game-changer this year.

    See you Friday!

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