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Preview: Toshiba AT330 13.3" Android 4.0 Tablet

March 23, 2012

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?

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