January 6, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
We are only four days away from the official start of the 2012 CES, the most important electronics trade show this month, and the excitement among gadget enthusiasts is building up as more and more manufacturers announce their line-up for the event.
The latest company to give out an official announcement, but also to slip out a leak is Toshiba, who is reportedly preparing to unveil both a 10-inch Android-based tablet and a 7-incher.
The first of the two has been teased in an official press release (or at least that’s what Google Translate says, because the release is in Japanese) as ‘’the world’s thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet’’. That’s a pretty bold statement, if you ask me, considering that the technology world is ever-changing and you can’t possibly know what other companies, like Samsung or Acer, have up their sleeve.
Also, let’s not forget that the best tablet effort we have seen so far from Toshiba was the Thrive, a sturdy and functional device which unfortunately had nothing to do with lightweight and thinness.
Other details about this so-called ‘’world’s thinnest tablet’’ are still kept under wraps and for the moment there’s nothing we can say about the future slate’s tech specs, pricing or availability. What’s clear nevertheless is that the gadget will be on display at the CES, so keep an eye on Las Vegas next week!
The second tablet that should be unveiled by Toshiba soon has not been officially confirmed just yet, but a couple of leaked photos picked up by the guys at Notebook Italia tell us that this is headed towards Las Vegas as we speak.
The slate is set to target technology enthusiasts on a budget, according to the rumors, and should sport a 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. Other suspected features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a micro USB port, a microSD card slot, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also a camera on the back of the device, but unfortunately this doesn’t seem to come with LED flash, so it won’t be that great.
It has to be also said that the future 7-incher looks considerably thinner than today’s Thrive 7, which we like, but seems to feature a blander and more insipid overall look and design, which of course kind of puts us off.