The Android tablet space is heating up as electronics giant Toshiba is set to unveil the Folio 100 at IFA this week. The Folio 100 is no cheap Android tablet; the feature set pegs it to be a genuine competitor to Apple’s iPad. The 10-inch Folio is stuffed with compelling features, including some (web cam, HDMI) that are missing on the iPad.
Toshiba is a big name in mobile computing, and the adoption of Android for its inaugural leap into the consumer tablet space shows how far Google has pushed the platform in this young segment. The Folio 100 will be packing a Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia, which is designed for HD video support. This puts the Toshiba tablet firmly in competition with the iPad; it even surpasses it given the HDMI port for connection to HD televisions for playback and the web cam for video calls.
It’s significant that companies with established brands like Toshiba are entering the tablet space to provide serious competition for Apple. Samsung is also expected to join the fray by announcing this week the Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch tablet with features that will also compare favorably with the iPad.
Android has a screen resolution limit of 800×480, but since both tablets are running at a higher resolution, the companies must have worked past that with Google. Google thus far has excluded tablets from the Android Market; since apps play a big role in using Android, let’s hope that will be worked out by the time these tablets hit the market.
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