Cast your mind back to September, and you may recall Toshiba announcing the Folio 100, a 10.1 inch tablet that was tipped to go into direct competition with the iPad. Since then, it may have slipped under your radar especially with the Samsung Galaxy Tab casting a shadow over much of the latest tablet news. Now, it’s time for the Toshiba Folio 100 to make its mark.
The Toshiba Folio 100 has been described as the “new personal media tablet” and there are plenty of features to back that claim up. There’s a music player, a 3.1 megapixel camera plus webcam function, integrated HDMI port and HD movie playback. It has 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot capable of storing up to 32GB.
Just like many of its tablet rivals, the Folio 100 runs on Android 2.2 and has Toshiba’s own marketplace thrown in too, which has a range of ‘places’ for music, videos, books and of course, apps. The Folio 100 has a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor powering everything along, which is an impressive alternative to the 1GHz technology that we’ve been seeing recently, promising “lightning quick browsing and Adobe Flash 10.1 player acceleration that consumers have been waiting for” according to Nvidia’s press release. And yes, this tablet has Adobe Flash 10.1 support and what Toshiba describes as a “fast web browser.”
The Toshiba Folio 100 is likely to be a hit with business folk with Microsoft Exchange support, an Office application, email client and PDF reader. It also supports multiple desktop modes.
A good range of connectivity comes as standard on the Folio 100 with Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and micro USB port. The tablet isn’t available in a 3G model just yet, which will be arriving in 3-6 months time according to the manufacturer. The Toshiba Folio 100 has been spotted for pre-order in France so it should be making its way to the UK soon. The iPad sized device with Samsung Galaxy S type features has a reported retail price of £329 for a non-3G model, but we haven’t heard about a release date yet. Keep checking back for more details as they unfold.