Toshiba unveils Thrive 7-inch Android tablet, available in December

September 28, 2011 | by Charles West

Toshiba Tablets


Toshiba yesterday unveiled its latest Android tablet, the 7-inch Thrive. The new 7-inch slate will be available in December, with pricing at the moment unknown. The original Toshiba Thrive was one of the first 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablets with full-size ports, so the smaller more nimbler version will follow the same blueprint.

The 7-inch Thrive will pack the same features you’d find in the 10-inch version, but in a micro-mini size. These features will include the following:

  • 16GB and 32GB internal memory
  • Full sized USB and HDMI ports
  • SD card slot
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • 5MP rear with 2MP front facing cameras
  • 1280×800 resolution display
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb (with no custom user interface)

Now lets get to the size of the tablet. The new Thrive will weigh less than a pound at 14.1 ounces and is 0.47 inches thick. Chiming in on the awesomeness of its latest offering, Carl Pinto, vice president of product development at Toshiba America in a release said:

“The Thrive 7” Tablet is the first seven-inch tablet in the U.S. market to offer a true HD display that when combined with the selection of ports, premium audio, and a better, more robust Android experience make it a great choice for on-the-go consumers looking for a no-compromise tablet.”

Although the original Thrive received mixed reviews, I’m sure customers may find some interest in its new seven-inch body. It’s meant to be seen how Toshiba handles itself on the software side of things this time around. Would you get the smaller Thrive?