Toshiba unveils $430 Tegra 2-powered tablet

Well, it's nice to see at least one other tablet maker isn't shooting for absolute price parity with the iPad. Toshiba has introduced its 10.1" Thrive tablet, and it's started taking pre-orders ahead of the device's mid-July retail release. The Thrive will set you back $429.99 with 8GB of storage capacity, $479.99 with 16GB, and $579.99 with 32GB.

The Thrive belongs to the growing club of tablets powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip. It also has a 10.1" multi-touch display, 1GB of RAM, Android 3.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual cameras, a "user-replaceable backplate & battery," and an assortment of "full-size" USB, HDMI, and SD card ports and slots. In other words, aside from the relatively spartan 8GB storage capacity, this looks like a fairly full-featured tablet.

I'm seeing one notable catch, though: the Thrive's physical size and weight. Toshiba quotes a thickness of 0.62" and a weight of 1.6 lbs—quite a bit thicker and slightly heftier than Asus' Eee Pad Transformer, which offers similar specs and 16GB of storage capacity for just $400. Of course, neither device comes anywhere close to the iPad 2, which is 0.34" thick and weighs 1.33 lbs.

If you don't mind your tablets slightly chunky, Newegg and Amazon are already taking pre-orders for the 8GB model. You can pre-order right from Toshiba's website, too.

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