In a recent announcement made by Toshiba Australia, Rob Wilkinson, the General Manager of Toshiba Australia’s Information Systems Division said that their upcoming Android tablet will be out and about to beat the iPad 2. Those are some pretty bold claims considering that even Samsung, a giant in this industry by now, said that it might have to reconsider components as well as pricing for their upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in order to compete with the iPad 2.
Rob Wilkinson, had this to say regarding their upcoming Android tablet, and I quote, “We are confident that we can match Apple pricing for their new iPad 2 while delivering a device that is richer in features. We are currently showing retailer the device running Google’s new Honeycomb, and when we ship in May, we will have a full version of Honeycomb 3 running”. This was probably the greatest issues the Toshiba Android tablet had to face when compared to the competition, that at the time, the pre-production model showcased at CES in Las Vegas was still running Android 2.2 Froyo. A highly customized version of the operating system, yet one which was “inferior” to the competition’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.
This latest statement shows that the tablet will be launching shortly, and if my memory serves me well, then there are quite a lot of features which will indeed enrich the experience on the Toshiba Android tablet when compared to the iPad 2. First of all, the display will be featuring the same resolution as the Motorola Xoom (which is doing a rather fine job even when pinned against the iPad 2) that’s 1280 by 800 pixels along with Toshiba’s TV technology brought to tablets. This is there in order to increase the image quality and the first few shots of the technology in action did indeed create higher quality images as well as a richer color scheme.
The General Manager of Toshiba Australia’s ISD continued by saying that, and I quote, “We believe that our device is superior to the Apple device, it may be a little heavier ( 773 grams ) but it does have a lot of features that the iPad 2 does not have”. There aren’t many specs known for this upcoming Toshiba Android tablet but in order to keep it competitive when pinned against the iPad 2 I would hazard to guess that it will be sporting a dual-core processor ( either the NVIDIA Tegra 2 or the Qualcomm dual-core ), 1 GB of RAM and of course 16 or 32 GB of storage. Pricing is yet unknown but it’s supposed to be competitive with the iPad2. We’ll see in May!