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Toshiba announces the Folio 100 at IFA

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Toshiba Folio 100

While the biggest news in Android tablets may be the Galaxy Tab, Toshiba isn’t content with letting Samsung take all the spotlight at IFA. At the show in Berlin, Toshiba announced it’s own, bigger tablet, the Folio 100.

The Folio 100 is a 10.1-inch Android tablet, running on an Nvidia Tegra 2. It runs on Froyo with a custom skin laid on top of it, which doesn’t look too bad. For specs, the Folio 100 has 16 GB of storage (exapandle with the card reader), a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, Blueooth, HDMI, and a USB port. Unfortunately, the battery is only supposed to last for 7 hours with 65% web browsing, 10% video playback, and 25% standby. That’s not much compared to the iPad. While comparing the Folio 100 to the iPad, while the iPad has a 1024×768 display, the Folio 100 only has 1024×600 basically the same sort of display you’d expect to find on a cheap netbook.

The other disappointment with the Folio 100 is the lack of the Android Market on the device. Toshiba’s press release notes that the Folio 100 has some software like Opera Browser, Evernote, Fring and Document to Go as well as a Toshiba-branded media player. When Engadget got a chance to touch and check out the device, it noted that it could not find the Android Market on the device. That doesn’t mean it’s not buried somewhere, or might be added later, but we can assume for now that it’s not on the device. If that is the case, Toshiba may have killed the Folio 100 before release. That is, of course, if the battery life and display didn’t kill it already.

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