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Toshiba AT200: hands-on and first impressions

Earlier this week we brought you news about the Toshiba AT200, the 10.1-inch tablet previewed at Berlin’s IFA exhibition. The slimmest tablet yet, and Recombu managed to get a one-to-one with it on the show floor.
Measuring a mere 7.7mm in depth, Toshiba has beaten both Apple, whose iPad measures 8.8mm, and Samsung’s latest 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy 7.7 which is 7.87mm fat.
But like Samsung’s diminutive Galaxy Tab 7, Toshiba’s AT200 eschews the accepted gloss black styling of most tablets and instead offers the increasingly popular brushed aluminium look.
Inspected close-up, the AT200 appears to be Toshiba’s most serious effort at the genre yet; its 10.1-inch touch screen LCD boasts a 1280×800 pixel resolution, and hosts Honeycomb, while 5 and 2 mega pixel cameras adorn the back and front, respectively. The AT200 manages 8 hours on single charge and weighs in at 550g, though it was tricky to make a direct comparison with other tablets – Toshiba was showing its latest gadget in a steel casing.
Processor-wise, the AT200 goes its own by using a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 from Texas Instruments that, the Toshiba team were at pains to point out, makes this faster than the iPad etc. From our brief demo we’d have to agree; it’s reminiscent of Motorola’s Xoom in that regard, and proved as easy to navigate as other top-draw Android tablets.
It wasn’t possible to inspect the ins and outs because of that pecky case, but Toshiba confirmed to us that the AT200 will definitely have a mini HDMI output (to a HDTV) as well as a mini USB slot. The booth staff also indicated that the AT200 is able to hook-up to a USB hard disk of up to 1TB in size to access or transfer files – take that, iPad 2.
Due out before Christmas, the AT200 will be available in 16GB and 32GB variants.
 

Toshiba AT200: Angry Birds

Toshiba AT200: vertical view

Toshiba AT200: in use

Toshiba AT200: keyboard

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