Toshiba intros highly competitive AT200 tablet, Z830 ultrabook

By on

Toshiba's taking full advantage of this year's IFA conference in Berlin, introducing its latest contributions to the mobile computing market: an Android-based tablet and a Portege-branded ultrabook. Although there's no shortage of ARM-powered tablets running Honeycomb, the company's new AT200 slate could deliver some much-needed competition in the increasingly diluted tablet segment.

Along with being incredibly thin at 7.7mm (0.3in -- about a millimeter slimmer than the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab), the AT200's brushed aluminum backside is more attractive than the glossy, smudge-prone plastic that envelopes many existing tablets. This may boil down to aesthetics, but such niceties can drastically sway consumers' opinions, especially with so-called companion devices. For whatever it's worth, Toshiba's entrant is also a hair lighter than its rivals, weighing only 1.23lbs.

The AT200 packs a 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen and a dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP 4430 that will outpace the Tegra 2 inside most competing units. Whereas Nvidia's SoC is limited to a single-channel memory controller, TI's chip has support for dual-channel LPDDR2 memory. Additionally, the OMAP 4430's PowerVR SGX 540 graphics core is a bit snappier than the Tegra 2's GeForce GPU.

Toshiba will offer versions with up to 64GB of storage built-in, but we imagine 16GB and/or 32GB iterations will also be served. To help achieve its slender profile, the AT200 has avoided full size connectors, opting for micro-USB, microSD and mini-HDMI ports instead. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are a given, but we haven't seen any mention of mobile broadband connectivity. Toshiba's press release also failed to cite a price and release date, saying only that the AT200 would arrive in the fourth quarter.

The company's new Portege Z830 is equally attractive with a 16mm-thick, aluminum-clad body. Due in November, the 13.3-incher packs up to a Core i7 processor, 6GB of RAM, an eight-cell battery, a 1366x768 matte display, a 1.3MP webcam, three USB ports (one USB 3.0), HDMI and VGA-out, Wi-Fi, WiDi, as well as a backlit, spill-resistant keyboard. Pricing will start at under $1,000.

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.