J&R lists Toshiba 'Thrive' Honeycomb tablet for pre-order

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Toshiba's long expected entry to the tablet market is one step closer to reality. Although we have yet to hear official launch details from the company, Engadget this past weekend reported that the company's first Android Honeycomb 3.0 device would use the brand name "Thrive" and a pre-order page at J&R reinforces that notion.

Besides apparently confirming a name after months of teasing the listing also spills the beans on pricing. The 10-inch tablet is available with two internal storage capacities in Wi-Fi only configurations, a 8GB model is $449 and a 32GB model is $579. An earlier product listing from Newegg showed those two models alongside a 16GB model for $500. They'll all come with a dual core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 1,280 x 800 display, 2MP and 5MP front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 3.0+ connectivity, an SD memory card reader, HDMI and USB 2.0 support.

A rather unique feature Toshiba is touting is the ability to swap batteries, unlike most other tablets. The back cover will also be removable and replaceable with other covers that Toshiba will sell in a variety of colors.

No product images were featured on J&R though we already have a pretty good idea of what the device will look like as it was already shown off at CES and later at MWC.  There are no concrete details on availability besides a "coming soon" notice, though we're not sure what to make of it considering the launch of the Japanese version of this tablet -- known as the Regza Tablet AT300 -- was recently delayed to the third quarter of 2011.

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