Budget-Friendly Tablet Released by Toshiba in the UK

Called AT300SE, it will be shipping this quarter (Q4 2012) for £300 ($476.35 / 373 Euro)

By on November 16th, 2012 09:45 GMT
A new 10.1-inch tablet from Toshiba is actually no different from the so-called standard tablets that companies sell for $499-599/ 499-599 Euro / £400, but the company has managed to price it at £300 anyway.

The only hardware features that can be said to have permitted this arguably decent price (£300 / $476.35 / 373 Euro) are the RAM, storage, display and cameras.

There is a single GB of random access memory. Then again, since it is DDR3 clocked at 1,333 MHz, it should be more than enough.

The storage capacity is of 16 GB (NAND Flash), but we've seen plenty of tablets sold for more that had just as much.

As for the camera, Toshiba chose a 3-megapixel model for the back (vs. 5 MP on high-end slates) and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front (vs. 3 MP, although we've encountered plenty of slates with 0.3 MP webcams).

Everything else is the same as on other Android tablets, according to the report that has exposed the existence of the Toshiba AT300SE: NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC (with its Integrated Graphics Controller), a microUSB port, and a microSD card slot with SDHC/SDXC support up to 16GB.

Finally, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system can be manipulated with the 10.1-inch display.

The native resolution of the touchscreen is 1,280 x 800 pixels. Not exactly Full HD, and definitely not close to the 2560 x 1600 of the Google Nexus 10, but at least we know it is an IPS panel with wide viewing angles.

As for the rest, Toshiba tossed in a two-cell 25.0Wh battery and made sure that all the new features in Jelly Bean were supported, like Google's Project Butter (it boosts the frame rate of the OS to 60 fps), and Google Now (search-based digital assistant).

Later on, Toshiba may or may not release a software update that will take the operating system from Android 4.1 to Android 4.2.

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