EXCLUSIVE: The new 10″ Toshiba Folio tablet which will go on sale in Australia in December will include a model that is cheaper than the $999 Samsung Galaxy Tab, it’s also been confirmed that a high end Folio model will have a 3G capability.
Introduced at the IFA show in Europe earlier this month, Toshiba Japan is looking to overcome Android OS application restrictions in the short term, with a software skin that sits on top of the Android 2.2 operating system. This claims Company executives will allow the Japanese Company to deliver applications outside of the Android 2.2 OS.
Toshiba Australia acknowledges that most tablet vendors who are using Google Android 2.2 will be restricted on what applications are offered untill the release of Android 3.0 Gingerbread which is the next Google OS version, that is optimised for use on tablet PC’s.
The Japanese Company has also confirmed that there will be multiple models in their Folio including one model that is capable of handling up to 128 GB of memory.
Rob Wilkinson general manager of the Information Systems Division at Toshiba Australia has also revealed that one of the models will be 3G enabled.
“We are still working on our strategy for the Folio and I anticipate that we will have the range on sale within 8 to 10 weeks. We are currently talking to both carriers and retailers and we will have a model that is under $1,000” he said.
“Currently we are cautiously assessing where our tablet range sits in the market. We will have embedded and none embedded models including a 3G enabled model”. Wilkinson added.
The new 10″ Folio range which has a 7 hour battery life incorporates the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform which allows 1080p content to be played, also has an HDMI slot which allows users to play movies on a TV.
The incorporation of a 3D 1024 X 600 enabled display screen could see the device adopted for games say analysts.
Some of the Folio models have 3G, 802.11n Wi Fi and Bluetooth wireless.
Unlike the Apple iPad device is believed to be integrated with SDHC slot for expansion storage instead of using an on-board flash memory. Other specifications include 16GB internal storage that can be expanded via a combined SD/MMC card reader, USB port and a built in 1.3MP camera which is missing from the iPad.
Speculation has it that the Folio could get a 5 megapixel before it is launched.
Also installed on the device will be Opera Mobile for web browser, Documents to Go office suite, Evernote, Fring, Adobe Flash 10.1, Toshiba media player, and the e book reading app FBReader.