Toshiba Announces New Tablet with Upcoming Android OS

Toshiba said that it is hoping to lure consumers to its new tablet computer by including a screen that is slightly larger than the iPad and offering a version of Google’s Android operating system that is geared toward such devices.

The tablet, called the Toshiba Tablet, will include a touchscreen that measures 10.1 inches diagonally, compared to the 9.7 inches of the iPad. The device will also run on Google’s Honeycombe operating system, which has been developed specifically for the purposes of tablet computers.

It is expected that the new tablet computer will be unveiled at the International CES in Las Vegas this week.

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The Toshiba Tablet will not be the company’s first tablet made, but it will be the first tablet released in the United States.

Toshiba also said that the tablet will be the first of a family of devices the company plans to release. The device will consist of a black, glossy face and rubberized back.

The tablet’s screen will also be able show high-definition videos in 1080p resolution. The device will also consist of an HDMI port, which will enable the product to be connected to a high-definition television. The tablet will also play Flash videos, a feature the iPad currently lacks.

The Toshiba Tablet will have an Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and a 5-megapixel rear camera.

Toshiba also confirmed the device will include Wi-Fi, but won’t initially have the ability to access wireless carrier’s data networks. Toshiba may, however, work with carriers in future to add their wireless services to the device.

The tablet will also consist of GPS and Bluetooth technologies and include a USB port, mini USB port and SD memory card slot.

The device will support access to Google’s Android Marketplace, but also support access to Toshiba’s own online market, Toshiba Places, where users can download content such as games, movies and music. It will also have the Toshiba BookPlace e-reader and BookPlace marketplace for buying e-books.

According to the company the tablet will be more than half an inch thick and will weigh less than 1.7 pounds. It is also expected to include a battery that will provide seven hours of video playback.

According to Toshiba, it plans to roll out the tablet by the end of June 2011. The company has not yet determined a fixed price for the tablet, but it is expected to range between $499 and $829 depending on its memory capacity and wireless capabilities.

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