Toshiba Quietly Reveals 7.7-Inch Quad-Core Tablet

Last year, we learned about Toshiba’s ten-inch AT200 tablet, a dual-core OMAP4-based model Toshiba more recently announced will be coming to the US as the Excite X10. For the MWC, it looks like the manufacturer has been trying to simultaneously shrink-down the size of the X10 while outfitting it with some more powerful hardware. We don’t yet have a name for what it ultimately came up with, an Ice Cream Sandwich-running 7.7-inch Tegra 3 tablet.

By keeping the same 1280×800 resolution as the X10, this smaller tablet will benefit from increased pixel density, making the display appear sharper. Initial impressions of the hardware at the MWC confirm a very bright, colorful display, and we’d expect no less from its AMOLED component.

Unfortunately, without an official annoncement from Toshiba, many of the tablet’s specs are still unknown. It’s clearly got front and rear cameras, but we don’t yet know their resolutions. There’s also a slot for microSD cards, but we don’t know if one comes by default, or even how much on-board storage there might be.

We’re hoping Toshiba takes a little time to fine-tune the hardware and software before it officially announces the tablet, as its performance reportedly leaves a bit to be desired; everything apparently looks very nice, but there’s not the kind of silky-smooth operation we’d expect from this kind of hardware.

Source: MobileBurn

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