Toshiba could unveil redesigned Thrive tablet

The new build is expected to address the heft and bulkiness of the original Thrive without sacrificing connectivity

According to NotebookItalia, Toshiba may be set to reveal a new and slimmer Thrive model, possibly at the IFA trade show in Berlin this September.

The original 10.1-inch Toshiba Thrive launched early July in the U.S. with a full-sized HDMI port, USB 2.0 and an SD card reader. The unit even included a user-replaceable battery, a rarity for tablets. Unfortunately, the expandability came at the cost of size, as the tablet is about 0.62 inches (16mm) thick with a weight of 1.6 pounds (0.725 kg).

The supposedly newer Thrive model will attempt to fix the size issue with a thinner, brush-metal design. So instead of full-sized ports, the source images show a micro HDMI-out, microSD card reader and a possible micro USB port as well. Whether or not the battery would remain user-replaceable is unknown.

In terms of hardware specs, it is possible that the redesign could sport the same features as its older sibling, including the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 10.1-inch 1280x800 resolution screen, 1GB RAM and Android Honeycomb OS.

At launch time, the original Thrive faced sleep issues that weren’t fixed until a month later. We imagine that such issues and any related bugs would be taken care of before the rumored redesign launches.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-27 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.