Toshiba dives into tablet war

Toshiba unveiled its tablet PC Folio 100 during a news conference in Chiba City, Japan, late last year.

Toshiba Corp. is making its foray into the tablet competition, offering a 10-inch device that will be comparable in price to Apple’s iPad.

The Toshiba Tablet will be available in the first half of 2011 and run Google’s forthcoming Honeycomb version of the Android operating system.

Like other touch-screen tablets, it plays high-definition videos and is designed for Web browsing, games and electronic books.

The 1.7-pound tablet, which uses Nvidia’s Tegra 2 mobile processor, connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi, but has no built-in capability to connect to high-speed mobile phone networks. It features front and rear-facing cameras, and will have access to an applications store.

Toshiba’s tablet will be competitively priced versus the iPad, which starts at $499, although the company declined to be more specific.



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