Preview: Toshiba AT330 13.3″ Android 4.0 Tablet

March 23, 2012
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    Here we are folks! A new day and a new the announcement of a new Ice Cream Sandwich enabled tablet. This time, Toshiba unveiled the new AT330 Android 4.0 tablet, at its Toshiba World 2012 event in Germany.

    If you are rolling your eyes at this point and wondering ‘’What’s different about this one?”, well, the answer is literally right in front of you. This is is 13.3-inch tablet, akin to the screen size of a standard laptop, and is more than 30% larger than any other tablet available at the moment. Also, the AT330 is the third tablet announced that houses a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor

    It’s also equipped with a TV tuner and an antenna, and something not seen in a phone or tablet in a long time – a full sized SD card slot. It seems the extra 30% space has been put to good use. The slate features a contemporary plastic body accentuated with metal and a matte finish grip, allowing you to hold it easily.

    Other specifications include:

    • 1.4 Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
    • Android 4.0 OS
    • 13.3-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
    • 1920×1200 screen resolution (expected)
    • 32GB built in memory, expandable to 32GB with SD card
    • 5 MP with flash rear camera,  VGA front camera
    • 802.11 b/g/n
    • Mini USB port, HDMI out port

    Toshiba has showcased only a prototype so far, and a full specification list is yet unavailable. No official release date or pricing has been announced.

    It gets difficult to hold on to a 10-inch screen for a long time, hence the multitude of stands and docks available, so it is understandable that people will have qualms about holding an even bigger slate. Also, while a full sized SD card is rare and seemingly vintage at this point, it also doesn’t provides multi-device portability, as most devices have now moved on to microSD slots.

    Here is a short video introducing the Toshiba AT330:

    What are your thoughts? Is 13.3” too big? Is a TV tuner and antenna a welcome addition? Full SD card slot? Really?

    What do you like about the Toshiba A330?

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    Comments

    • Fat Fingers

      MicroSD’s are too small and easy to lose. You would have to pry the full size SD cards from my cold dead fingers. ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=93404060 Tom Voller-Berdan

      I like that we are trying to move away from the Steve Job’s “one size fits all” approach. The larger screen might not be for everyone … might not even be for most … but it’s something different. With my work in design and art, I’d love to have the larger screen with … gulp … a precise stylus option.

    • Jeff Jones

      Most devices have moved to MicroSD? Since when? None of the popular and professional still or video cameras have microSD. Nor do hardly any desktop and laptop computers have micro. Plus, full sized SD readers can be adapted to accept a MicroSD card, but not the other way around.

      I have to say full size SD is the better option when the device can hold it.

      • Ankit

        When I mentioned most devices have moved to MicroSD, I was primarily talking about mobile phones and tablets. Sorry, should have made that clear. And, when I talk about inter-device portability, I’m talking about say you need to switch phones or tablets, keeping your data is as simple as just popping in the microSD card into the new device. Can’t really do that when this tablet is the only mobile device out right now that uses a full SD card.

        Like you said, full sized SD readers can be adapter to accept MicroSD card but not the other way around. How is that an advantage for full sized SD?? With the adapter, I can use my microSD card when any and all devices, but with the full SD, I’m limited to laptops, still and video cameras, and yes, now the Toshiba AT330. Am I missing something here?

    • Rune Hyldmo

      AnkIt: just keep microSD adapter in the slot and VOILA..you have a microSD capable tablet;)

      • Ankit

        Oh right! Ok, I guess I was missing something…..IQ points I think :P

    • Me

      I WANT a laptop version of this one! Toshiba AC100 on steroids!

    • johnantony

      Good to know about the Preview Toshiba AT330 13.3″ Android 4.0 Tablet.

    • David Austin

      This will catch on if they add a transformer-keyboard addon. Especially with Windows 8 which will be tablet friendly – all laptops will be transformer-type tablets.

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