Toshiba Folio 100 Tablet Is Official, About $615
Rumors concerning Toshiba's upcoming tablet have been confirmed today at the IFA convention in Berlin. The tablet will be called the Folio 100 and will run Google's Android operating system.
"Our Folio 100 media tablet offers a seamless, easy-to-use experience across entertainment, social networking and mobile internet – anytime and anywhere," said Marco Perino, General Manager Digital Life Products and Services, in a statement released at IFA.
The Folio 100 has a 10-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of storage with an SD memory card slot, Wi-Fi, 1.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth, USB port and an HDMI port. Some models will also be able to connect over 3G networks. It also runs the latest Android 2.2 version, which means it also comes with Flash 10.1.
The Folio 100 is rated for 7 hours of battery life under the following usage pattern: 65 percent Web browsing, 10 percent video playback and 25 percent standby.
Toshiba has loaded the Folio 100 with a mix of its own software and third-party apps. Each device comes preloaded with the Opera browser, Toshiba Media Player, FBReader, Fring (for video calls), Documents To Go, and Evernote. Toshiba has also decided to not rely solely on the Android Marketplace for apps. The company is encouraging developers to create apps specifically for the Folio 100.
"We encourage users and developers to join our Folio 100 eco system to create and offer apps, games and other content for FOLIO 100," Perino said.
Developers can go to Toshibatouch.eu for more information on apps.
The Folio 100 is expected to be released late this year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for around $615. The U.S. release will follow at an unspecified time.