IFA 2011: Toshiba's AT200 Is The Thinnest Android Tabletby Jason Inofuentes on September 1, 2011 11:24 AM EST
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Toshiba is joining the race to produce the thinnest possible tablet with their newly announced AT200 tablet, successor to the Toshiba Thrive/AT100. Eschewing the full sized ports and chintzy swappable backs of its predecessor, the AT200 will feature TI's OMAP 4430 (seen here in the Droid 3) running at 1.2 GHz and backed up by 1 GB of RAM, running Android 3.2, along with micro-USB, micro-HDMI and microSD for connectivity.The new design features a brushed emtal back and a stylish, if all too common, silver accent line around the bezel. At 7.7 mm thin, this is a full millimeter thinner than Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, while sporting a similar 10.1" display. We're excited to see how Honeycomb fairs on non-Tegra platforms and Toshiba's effort seems impressive for its form factor, hopefully its user experience will be a bit more refined than the Thrive that came before it. We've linked the PR below and will update this post when we have some decent press shots in our hands.
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kepler - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - linkLooks good to me.
bupkus - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - linkYah, kinda like a mouse pad.
Dropmachine - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - linkWhy is thin the defining feature of this tablet? Who the hell cares how thin it is. Do you really hold the Samsung tablet and say " yeah its great and all, but man if it was only a millimeter thinner...".
Build me something FAST. Put real ports on it instead of this crap micro stuff so I can use real sized hardware to back up or connect. This is clearly Toshiba attempting to go the Apple route of trying to appeal on looks. People that buy apple for the looks aren't going to stray over just because you have a thinner tablet. Function first.
bplewis24 - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - linkWhile I agree with you to a point, at least Toshiba is giving us two options:
1) Thicker tablet with full-sized ports
2) Very thin tablet with micro-sized ports
Before today, the options were thick tablets with full sized ports, or 1 very thin tablet with no ports. Kudos to Toshiba for stepping up and offering the trade-off while still including micro-sized ports.
This Anandtech news blurb should have included that info...I had to click on the press-release source to see if it had micro sized ports. I guess it's implied somewhat, but it's not clear that it's "eschewing the full sized ports" for micro sized ports or none at all.
Dropmachine - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - linkA good point on them offering the two different tablets. I dunno, jsut seems to me to be a product thats low on actual features when its depth is its defining feature.
I'd much rather have a tablet thats a bit fatter but can display all web pages properly. :)
JasonInofuentes - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - linkSorry, I had hoped, and expect to, put together a spec chart that would have included that information, will update shortly, though.
Shadowmaster625 - Friday, September 2, 2011 - linkFalse choice. You can have a thin tablet with full size usb and hdmi ports. It dont need to be any thinner than what can house a usb port. Better to add more battery to fill the space if there is any.
JasonInofuentes - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - linkTangible qualities sell consumer electronics in droves; while refinement, elegance and . . . hackability sell to us. Early smart phones are a good example of this. Tech heads flocked to things like the Treo 650p, despite chunky design both in hardware and software. General consumers on the hand laid off, preferring instead to buy thin cell phones like the RAZR. The same holds true with these tablets, but the gauntlet was thrown early with the thin iPad and the even thinner iPad 2. I find the thin Tab 10.1, a little awkward to hold because it's so thin, it's hard to grab where a thicker (but similarly light) model might be a little easier. Toshiba is looking for big sales with this release, so a thin form factor is pretty much a must have.
Zstream - Friday, September 2, 2011 - linkWhat about the battery!!!!!!
Chiranjeevi - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - linkAs Toshiba is the best leading company in the world and they have some with some great feature in there new Android Tablet