Toshiba Folio 100 Android Tablet PC Debuts at IFA 2010

Samsung of Korea got rave reviews with their Samsung Galaxy Tab Android version of the Apple iPad when they unveiled it at the ongoing IFA 2010 trade show in Berlin, Germany. Toshiba also made big headlines when they surprisingly debuts their own their Toshiba Folio 100 Android Tablet PC. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab is compact at 7-inches, the Toshiba Folio 100 Android Tablet is much larger with its 10.1-inch display screen. Toshiba is a big-player in the laptop and notebook market sector and its entry to the fast-rising tablet PC market could be easier than Samsung which has so far failed to gain any solid footing in the mobile computing business.

The Toshiba Folio 100 Android Tablet demo unit received some criticism at IFA. Some people argued that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the better deal because of its small 7-inch display and more portable build. They argued that Android tablets should be small enough to use with one hand and fits the pocket for ultimate mobile computing. However, I would like to point out that the iPad has 9.7-inch display and so far, almost 4 million units of Apple’s product got sold despite of its non-pocketable size. Every competitor out there should ignore size and concentrate on product quality and usability.

Photo of Toshiba Folio 100 Android 2.2 Tablet PC

The Toshiba Folio 100 is Tegra 2-powered Android Tablet PC.

Toshiba’s tablet got some impressive specs to brag about. The Toshiba Folio 100 Android Tablet PC is powered by NVidia’s Tegra 2 chip which, in my opinion, is better than the iPad’s A4 chip. The Tegra 2 was designed as a computer-on-a-chip. NVidia packed the CPU, GPU, southbridge, northbridge, and memory controller in one package! Rumor has it that this tablet will also feature 512MB of RAM or double that of the iPad. The huge 10.1-inch display means it’s perfect for reading e-books and browsing the web. The Tegra 2 chip has an embedded GPU which means gaming on this device will support even the best 3D games available for Android.

The Toshiba Folio 100 Tablet demo unit showcased at IFA 2010 was using Android OS 2.1 but Toshiba said the final product will ship with Android OS 2.2 Froyo. Critics also pointed out that the prototype seemed to have an unwieldy user interface and doesn’t have Android Market support. But remember, this is just the demo unit. Toshiba might have rushed the prototype and have not had the time to make finishing touches. The Japanese are well known for their meticulous fondness for detail and so lay-off on the hating. Toshiba Folio 100 Tablet PC with Android 2.2 OS will be one great product that will be a lot better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab once it gets all ready for commercial launch!

Here are the other features of this tablet: (Take note, these aren’t final yet. Toshiba may even include a SIM card Slot for 3G connectivity)

  • 1024 x 600, 10.1-inch capacitive touch screen
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 16GB internal storage
  • SD card expansion
  • HDMI out
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam
  • Flash 10.1
  • 7 hours of battery life (claimed)

Best of all, Toshiba Folio 100 Anroid Tablet’s retail price is $399 which is $100 dollar cheaper than the least expensive iPad. Aside from Toshiba Folio 1oo, another android tablet was revealed at IFA 2010, the ViewSonic ViewPad 100 Dual-Boot Tablet PC.

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