Toshiba Thrive now available for pre-order with $450 pricetag

Toshiba Thrive Android Honeycomb tablet now available for preorder

While Android 3.0 Honeycomb itself still needs some polish, prices for tablets running the software may need it anymore. We could imagine that the Xoom would have shipped even more units had it been priced affordable, or even offered multiple versions from the beginning. Well, the first affordable, feature-rich Android Honeycomb tablets are certainly on their way and Toshiba will be one of the first.

While nameless at the time, Toshiba showed off its Honeycomb tablet back at CES and we were pretty impressed by the powerful device. Sporting a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 mega pixel rear camera, and 2 megapixel camera on front for video chat. Toshiba also offers something we’ve yet to see for a tablet before: replaceable backings. These backing are rubberized and come with a nice design and feels nice in the hand.

Toshiba will be selling the tablets in two versions, 8GB and 32GB. The 8GB version of the Thrive will run you $450 which seems like a pretty fair price for a tablet of its caliber. Those looking for a little more internal storage and don’t want to use the built-in SD card slot, you’ll have to pay $579 for the 32GB version.

For the price and features the Thrive offers up we’re pretty impressed. With a nice spec-sheet and the unique option to replace the backing make the Thrive an interesting Android Honeycomb table that doesn’t kill the wallet. More tablets are coming down the piper with affordable prices and we’re glad to see Toshiba at the  front of the line.

We’ll have to get the thing in our hands before we can come up with any solid conclusions about the Thrive, but the tablet is definitely one to look out for if you’re in the market for a Honeycomb tablet sometime this year.

[Via: PhoneDog]

 

  • Bruce

     A 10″ Honeycomb tablet for $400 or $450 might sell well this holiday season. What I would like to see is a good 7″ tablet for $250 – $300. I think that would sell very well: bigger screen than a phone, much lighter than an iPad, reasonable price.

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s going to have to be at least $100 less than an iPad 2 to really move units. Right now, it’s unclear if the tablet market is real but it’s clear that the iPad market is booming. There were still lines this morning at the Apple Store for the iPad 2 and it came out weeks and weeks ago! 

  • Davidaseaton

    It is curious why 7 and 10 inch tablets cost the same in the Honeycomb versions. They are still trying to figure out what people will pay. But with everything going to the cloud, perhaps the savings in memoru will help bring prices down.

    • Bruce

      I agree with you and Marinperez below. Pricing is key. The HTC Flyer looks great but seems overpriced by about $150.00. I wonder what price Flyers will be selling for in November.

      One more data point is Apple’s 3.5 inch tablet (if you will), the iPod touch, which costs $230.00. It will be interesting to see if Apple brings out a touch with a larger screen this October when they traditionally announce new iPod models.

    • Mikeowng271

      I’m glad that I got the Asus Eee Pad Transformer…  It is the best android tablet that I’ve tested it so far… 

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