Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

Summary: Toshiba is giving the tablet race another start with the AT200.

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First things first: The AT200 is not Toshiba's first stab at crafting a compelling tablet offering. That honor goes to the Thrive, a tablet whose appeal was limited by its rather bulky design.

Toshiba seems to have learned from the Thrive's mistakes with the AT200, which, at 558 grams and 7.7mm thick, is a hair thinner than both the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1. But the AT200 also follows up on some of the Thrive's most beloved features, offering a variety of ports to increase its functionality. Micro-USB, micro-HDMI, and microSD ports are all accounted for in the device's thin frame.

That thinness doesn't sacrifice battery life, either. Toshiba says that the tablet offers eight hours of video watching. The device's other major specifications include its dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4 CPU, 1GB RAM, up to 64GB of storage and, of course, its 10.1-inch, 1280x800 resolution screen.

The AT200 will hit Europe in the fourth quarter of the year. There's no word on price point or whether other regions will see the tablet as well

Topics: Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung, Tablets, Toshiba

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  • Omap 4 has slow monocore SGX540 co-processor

    And square shape frame ("side view") is not ergonomic.<br><br>So this tablet is less ergonomic, dramatically (three-to-five times) slower in graphics comparing to iPad 2, while the latter also runs 25% longer from battery. <br><br>The display is also lacking -- regular TN comparing to IPS on iPad 2. However, Toshiba (some and other tablets) have 30% better details/two-dimensional screen resolution and more ports without need of adapters.

    Yet those who care about resolution might want to wait for the early new year, when Apple expected to finally ship iPad with Retina Display, which will have more than 300% better clarity/details/two-dimensional resolution than current 1280x720 screen tablets by Toshiba, Samsung, others.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

      @DeRSSS

      A "Retina" display for an iPad would have a resolution higher than high-end 30" screens. Manufacturing issues aside, I don't really think it is possible for current mobile GPUs to drive that very well. 2D with limited transparency might work okish, but you can forget about anything 3D.

      Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see a nice resolution bump now that the GPU caught up to the screen size in the iPad2.
      SlithyTove
      • It is very possible, since A5's GPU is about 4x faster than A4's GPU

        @SlithyTove: this means that already iPad 2 could run 4x resolution (id est Retina display) -- the problem here is with production of such displays. iPad 2 smooth gaming on 1920x1080p HDTVs (3x resolution comparing to iPad's sceen) shows that the difficulties are not within GPU, but with manufacturing/price of Retina display.

        That said, Apple will use A6 for iPad 3, which expected to have even better GPU to have even more detailed, advanced graphics for Retina screen that A5 might offer.
        DDERSSS
      • Less an issue of GPU

        @SlithyTove and more an issue of shear manufacturing and usability - is an approx 2560 x 1900 resolution 10" screen going to be manufacturable at a reasonable price AND even more importantly, what's the practical usability?

        That many pixels on a 10" screen would render everything requisitely smaller to the eye - and if you increase font, icon, etc. sizes, you effectively lose the benefit of the higher resolution for little/no practical visible benefit (i.e., text, etc. isn't going to be noticably improved on such a small display beyond the already crisp appearance)
        archangel9999
      • Less an issue of GPU

        @SlithyTove and more an issue of shear manufacturing and usability - is an approx 2560 x 1900 resolution 10" screen going to be manufacturable at a reasonable price AND even more importantly, what's the practical usability?

        That many pixels on a 10" screen would render everything requisitely smaller to the eye - and if you increase font, icon, etc. sizes, you effectively lose the benefit of the higher resolution for little/no practical visible benefit (i.e., text, etc. isn't going to be noticably improved on such a small display beyond the already crisp appearance)
        archangel9999
      • Less an issue of GPU

        @SlithyTove and more an issue of shear manufacturing and usability - is an approx 2560 x 1900 resolution 10" screen going to be manufacturable at a reasonable price AND even more importantly, what's the practical usability?

        That many pixels on a 10" screen would render everything requisitely smaller to the eye - and if you increase font, icon, etc. sizes, you effectively lose the benefit of the higher resolution for little/no practical visible benefit (i.e., text, etc. isn't going to be noticably improved on such a small display beyond the already crisp appearance)
        archangel9999
      • Could ZD hire at least one decent programmer??

        @SlithyTove I click Reply ONE time and three copies of the message appear
        archangel9999
    • So Apple has frozen the market without even announcing iPad 3

      @DeRSSS
      "Yet those who care about resolution might want to wait for the early new year, when Apple expected to finally ship iPad with Retina Display"

      That is some brilliant marketing on Apple's behalf.
      toddybottom
  • So it's thinner than iPad and Tab

    I just gotta get me one of these... (rolls eyes)
    MacCanuck
    • How many times do we have to say it? Features don't count

      @MacCanuck
      Until someone invests the billions of dollars it will take to compete with iTunes, making thinner, faster devices with more ports is a waste of everyone's time and money.

      Stop comparing features.

      There should never be a features comparison between tablets any more.

      Compare ecosystems. Apple wins and will continue to win for the next 20 years. There is no point in buying a device that is orphaned before you even take it out of the box.
      toddybottom
      • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

        @toddybottom Many of use like ports and we want a device that is productive, rather than consumptive. Apple clearly knows how to get fanboys and girls to consume, but many of us can live without tunes and movies all the time. I watch movies on a HDTV or in a theater, rarely on my 17" laptop when traveling. I just don't want what Apple offers and there are many of us out there.
        bigsteve666
      • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

        @toddybottom
        Ports are very important to many, that is not a waste of time. For me and many others ports mean options. It means when I do not have connectivity to the cloud I can take media and use it on my tablet and pull files off. Your statement is not only false but does not make much sense to end consumers. As a technologist I look at what solution works best, not a product. Many times the product to suit the Need varies. Andriod, Apple, MS, they all have advantages and disadvantages.
        bwebmasta
  • Unfortunately what Toshiba didnt learn from the Thrive is that

    android = non starter. Consumers dont want it. They had no alternative on smartphones where ios wasnt available but that didnt mean it was any good. Toshiba wake up, this will again have disappointing sales and be discontinued. Focus on an awesome Windows 8 tablet experience and you'll sell them faster than you can make them.
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

      @Johnny Vegas

      Agreed! +1
      audidiablo
      • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

        @audidiablo Agreed! +2
        bvonr@...
      • Microsoft fluff girls

        Windows 8!
        Windows 8!
        Who do we appreciate...
        Yay! Yay!
        Robert Hahn
    • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

      @Johnny Vegas
      You lost all credibility with the statement no one wants Android which is not only false but very foolish. Millions have Android based phones and tablets and love them. Many have left Apple for Android and vice versa. What it really comes down to is preference and a users needs. Basically all tablets can be used to be productive and play games, etc. Let's not get into spinning falsehoods.
      bwebmasta
    • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

      @Johnny Vegas
      You assume that Win 8 tablets will be price competively? I am looking forward to a fight for market share, but... my crystal ball predicts that iPad will dominate for the forseeable future due to apps, price, etc. Also, the iPad3 or Ipad4 will be out before we see a win 8 tablet.
      davidmpaul
    • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

      @Johnny Vegas <br><br>Agreed! +3
      dcristof
  • RE: Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab

    wow look at all the iFanboys here.
    mayhap