Though Samsung’s Galaxy Tab may have been grabbing most of the limelight at this year’s IFA conference, Toshiba too were making their first steps into the touchscreen tablet market with their Folio 100 device. Tech Digest got to have a brief look at the device, which you can see in the video above.
Running Android 2.2 off a Nvidia Tegra 2 chip, Toshiba have given the regular Android UI a bit of a tweak to make better use of the extra screen real estate the 10 inch screen allows for. Flash 10.1 is supported with Opera onboard for browsing the web, as well as the usual suspects of the Android marketplace. FBReader is the ebook app of choice, whilst you’ve also got Fring for video calling using the built in webcam.
Elsewhere, the device is also packing in HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and storage expansion with microSD cards.
Whilst our time with the device was shorter than we got with the Galaxy Tab, we noticed a few issues that caused our eyebrows to raise. The Folio 100 seemed to buckle under the pressure of Flash-heavy websites, causing at least two crashes in our few minutes of hands-on testing. And while the screen was very crisp with few reflection issues, we found it a bit sluggish when pinch-zooming and scrolling.
Still a little bit of time though for Toshiba to fine-tune their tablet yet though. They’re not expecting to release it to the public until the end of the year.