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AVAILABILITY: Toshiba starts shipping of its new Android-based Tablet Folio 100
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 04.11.10 - 10:55:25 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 9810x
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While recently, Toshiba was less successful with its range of Windows Mobile and Windows Phone smartphones, the Japanese Laptop giant has today announced that it begins the distribution of its recently announced media Tablet Folio 100 throughout Europe. The Android 2.2/Froyo-based device offers a rich entertainment experience and gives access to a wide selection of apps and download services via Toshiba Market Place. Featuring a broad range of connectivity options including Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n) and WWAN (soon available in certain models and countries), the Folio 100 features a 10.1" capacitive touchscreen with a yet unique screen resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels.

Powered by a Nvidia Tegra 2, the Folio 100 comes with an on-board storage of 16 GB and features DLNA compatible mini HDMI, USB 2.0 (client and hub) and an inbuilt SD/MMC card reader as well as a 1.3 megapixel front facing webcam. At a size of 281 x 181 x 14 mm and a weight of 760 g, the Folio 100 is said to have a battery life of up to 7 hours (65 % web browsing, 10 % video playback and 25 % standby).

The Folio 100 provides a seamless, user-friendly experience across entertainment, social networking and Internet and the support of Adobe Flash 10.1 enhances Folio 100's rich multimedia capabilities even further. A plug-in to allow playback of Flash videos will be available for download free of charge as of mid-November 2010 via Toshiba Market Place. The Folio 100 is said to come with its own Toshiba Market Place, which is said to offer access to a download area with a wide selection of apps optimized for Folio 100's 10.1' screen. Users can choose from several hundred apps that are neatly organized in categories including communications, games, travel & maps, business & finance, e-books, utilities and many more.

Music Place, powered by 7Digital, offers an easy to use client that gives access to one of the widest catalogues of music. Users can either download purchased tracks and file it on the Folio 100 or store it on a personal cloud storage area and then sync their connected devices via internet. This opens up a modern way to enjoy content anytime and anywhere.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by michael frater on 04.11.10 - 11:44:25

Ok... I just brought this Folio 100 last night from a UK retailer. I got it home and was excited to play with it. I opened the box and found a statement about "flash 10.1" you need to register the product to get the updates. I did this and then got a return screen say " we will email you when flash 10.1 is ready for download. Also Fring is part of the O/S and may clash with a skype hack. So in a nutshell... if you want flash & skype i think its a case of waiting a few days before someone hacks this device and re - flashes. I was also told by support at Toshiba that this will also include future Android updates such as Gingerbread... lets see about that... Still in the meantime this little baby is going back to pcworld as the money  is better off in my bank until this is ready for market... maybe this is why the Advent Vega was delayed 2 weeks?

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