Toshiba unveils 10in Android tablet

Toshiba has launched the Folio 100, a tablet running Google Android version 2.2 and featuring a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen


Toshiba has announced the Folio 100, a tablet PC running Google Android version 2.2 and featuring a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen.

The larger screen size comes at a cost - the Folio 100 weighs 760 grams, compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which has a 7-inch screen and weighs 380 grams. It will be up to consumers to choose between screen size and portability.

The Folio 100 measures 28 centimetres by 18cm by 1.4cm. There is an Nvidia Tegra 2-processor under the hood and 16GB of built-in storage, which can be expanded using an SD card.

The battery should last for up to seven hours, as long as the tablet is used primarily for web browsing most of the time.

Toshiba Folio

The list of preinstalled software includes the Opera Web browser and Fring, an application that in combination with the embedded 1.3-megapixel webcam allows users to make video calls, according to Toshiba.

The use of Android version 2.2 adds support for Flash 10.1. At first, the Folio 100 will access the internet using Wi-Fi, including 802.11n. But it will also be equipped with 3G soon, according to Toshiba.

The tablet has also been equipped with Toshiba's own marketplace, which will include music, applications and radio channels.

The Folio 100 will be available during the fourth quarter of 2010 throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Wi-Fi version will cost about €399 (£260).

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