Exactly three weeks ago, VR-Zone posted some information about an upcoming slate PC from Toshiba that was slated to receive the Android Honeycomb treatment and will feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 SoC for some high-performance smartphone computing. And if that has got your interest, we got news for you: Toshiba has just released more information about its upcoming tablet in the form of a dedicated microsite. Ready for a dosage of Chinese New Year poisoning?

Remember the little bit of news we put up some time back about Toshiba announcing its plans to showcase a tablet during CES2011, along with a short writeup about some of its specifications? Seems that the good folks at Toshiba have decided that three weeks was long enough to keep both the media and prospective customers on their toes by speculating what the tablet was capable of.

Fortunately for our brain cells, it appears that there will soon be no more need to carry out such speculations. Apparently, the Japanese OEM has just recently launched a dedicated microsite for this mystery tablet which contains some key information about what consumers can expect from its device, along with some juicy teasers.

According to the microsite, the tablet will not make use of the widescreen, 720p display that we had mentioned earlier in our article. Instead, the display will sport a not-so-conventional 16:10 aspect ratio which features a native resolution of 1280 x 800, although the company claims that 720p output is also possible. In addition, Toshiba claims that the tablet will feature an ambient light sensor that automatically adjust the display’s brightness to ensure visibility under a variety of lighting conditions.

Furthermore, additional information has been shed on the tablet’s
dual cameras: the front-facing camera is capable of taking still images at
resolutions of up to two megapixels, while the rear camera sporting a more
decent five megapixel resolution with autofocus capabilties. The
processor and firmware remain unchanged though: an NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC
and Android Honeycomb provides the tablet with the processing power and
functionality to compete in the market.

Lastly, Toshiba has confirmed that “screwdriver-savvy” users can easily switch out the battery in the tablet on their own. Needless to say, this opens the door to potential hardware tweaks and modifications at the hands of skilled DIY-ers.

No specific release dates for the tablet has been announced, although
Toshiba has left a footnote on its microsite claiming that consumers can
expect to see the device hit retail shelves sometime in Spring this
year. And with Chinese New Year around the corner, chances are red packet money is going to be in great demand for both the givers and recipients.

Source: Toshiba


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