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Toshiba strengthens competition to iPad with Folio

(Updated) The rumors that started circulating earlier in the week have been confirmed. Among the several novelties presented this Thursday by Toshiba at IFA was the Folio 100, the first media tablet of the Japanese manufacturer.

The model, which, as it had been advanced, uses the Android operating system from Google, begins to arrive in the EMEA region in the fourth quarter and will cost 399 euros. It should be remembered that today Samsung also announced its new Tablet at IFA, but the price has not yet been revealed.

At 25.7 cm long and 14 mm thick, divided by 760 grams, the Folio 100 offers a 10.1-inch touchscreen with 1024×600 pixels. It also has a 1.3 megapixel webcam and video conference.

The remaining technical features include an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 16 GB memory and HDMI, Bluetooth and WiFi connections. The inclusion of 3G mobile broadband Internet technology is expected soon.

The battery life offered is around seven hours: 65% in web browsing, 10% in video playback, 25% in standby.

Toshiba Folio 100

New Places platform

The Japanese manufacturer also announced at IFA the availability of Toshiba Places. The new platform will allow the sharing of web content in the cloud, from the various devices of the brand, between televisions, laptops and also tablets.

Although the interface maintains the same aspect between products, it is adapted to the individual characteristics of each type of device. The TV interface (currently accessible via a new set-top-box Toshiba) uses a remote control to access online content, including options to view a program guide, recently viewed programs and other TV-related functions not suitable for the PC version.

Initially tested on the French market, Toshiba Places will be launched gradually in different countries in the EMEA region from the fourth quarter onwards, with the promise that it will be included with the new Folio 100.

It should be noted that associated with Places will also be Toshiba Marketplaces, a kind of “sales channel” for multimedia content and services developed by partners for Japanese brand products.

Editor’s Note: The news has been updated in the description of the technical characteristics of Folio, which (for now) does not include 3G connection.

An image of the equipment has been included.