Toshiba's Got a Honeycomb Tablet of Their Own, With a Full-Sized USB Port

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The Toshiba Thrive is another Android Honeycomb-powered tablet coming this month. Like others in its class, it's a Tegra 2-powered tablet with a 10-inch, 1200x800 screen.

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Hitting stores like Best Buy on June 13, the Thrive has a 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, full-sized USB and HDMI ports—meaning it'll be easy to plug in cameras and USB peripherals with Honeycomb 3.1—and it'll come with three options for storage: 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, selling for $430, $480 and $580, respectively. On the less fortunate side of things, it weighs 1.6 pounds. [Engadget]

DISCUSSION

There is absolutely no reason to release another tablet, Android or otherwise unless the price point more than trumps the iPad. With a UI that at least matches the iPad's slick intuitive UI. Sadly Android is shareware beta slick.

The only UI that seems to up to the challenge at the moment is the recently showcased Windows 8 UI from MS that will supposedly not be ready for at least another year.

Android tab hardware will have to be sold at much lower margins, maybe even at a loss to get it's foot in the door at this point. So there really is no incentive for anyone other than Google itself at the moment. I see Google as having to own up to this fact and finally have to put it's money where it's mouth is and build their own tab and sell it a loss to get the ball rolling before anyone other than MS goes at it balls out again.

There is no reason to believe the HP webOS tab will meet a better fate than the BB Playbook. No reason whatsoever, however nice it is, even if the price point is lower than both the iPad or an Android tab.

The only chance any of the iPad competition ever had, was if the iPad's initial price point was much higher than it was. The only selling point any of them could seriously believe they had a chance on challenging Apple on was price.