Toshiba may be preparing another 7-inch tablet

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Toshiba just recently entered the pocketable market with their 7-inch Thrive tablet, but if today's reports hold true they may soon be pushing foreword with a new device. According to yet another leak from Notebook Italia, the device you see above is Toshiba's next iteration of their 7-inch Thrive tablet, which could be released as soon as CES.

Because it is coming so soon after the original Thrive, the 7-inch "Thrive 2" may have a better price of $199, to compete with the likes of the Kindle Fire instead of improved specifications. In fact, the screen has reportedly been bumped to a lower 1024 x 600 resolution and the camera flash has been removed to facilitate the reduction, but the tablet will still have Bluetooth, a microSD slot, and a microUSB port to differentiate from the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. It will probably have a Tegra 2 as well, while still being thinner than its predecessor. 

The "Thrive 2" will probably be a relatively average tablet, but it really illustrates the way the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have changed the market. Last summer, Toshiba released the very similar original 7-inch Thrive at $380 and expected it to sell. Now, in the face of the Fire, Toshiba apparently felt it necessary to release a completely new device to compete in terms of price.

Admittedly, it does have slightly less impressive specs than other 7-inchers, but I really like seeing competition making tablets more affordable.

[Notebook Italia]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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