Toshiba Folio 100 Tablet Runs Google's Android 2.2

Fast on the heels of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet annoucement, Toshiba debuts its own tablet device, the Google Android-powered Folio 100.

Computer maker Toshiba Europe introduced its media tablet, the Folio 100, a 10.1-inch touch screen device that the company said is being targeted at users looking for a portable and versatile computer. The tablet comes with a selection of apps and services dedicated to media consumption, Web browsing and social networking, and sports an intuitive graphical interface developed by Toshiba to run on top of Android 2.2 (Froyo). The Folio 100, which will retail for ?ö?®??399, or roughly $500, will be available during the fourth quarter of 2010 throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, according to a company release.

Offering a range of connectivity options, the Folio 100 is equipped with an SD card slot, an HDMI connector, USB 2.0, WiFi and Bluetooth, while a Mobile Broadband (3G) ready version is planned to follow soon. The tablet also features a Nvidia TegraTM 2 processor and boasts a battery life of up to seven hours. A 16GB on-board storage hosts music, videos, photos, e-mails and other data and is also expandable via SD card. Toshiba has also already established a destination for developers where they can get support to optimize their apps for the tablet.

"Our Folio 100 media tablet offers a seamless, easy-to-use experience across entertainment, social networking and mobile Internet-anytime and anywhere," said Marco Perino, general manager of digital life products and services at the company. "We encourage users and developers to join our Folio 100 eco system to create and offer apps, games and other content for Folio 100."

The tablet also features Toshiba Market Place, a service that offers access to various download choices for multimedia content, services and apps. Music Place, powered by 7Digital, offers access to a catalogue of music and allows syncing to a choice of devices. Radio Place gives access to a selection of IP radio services. Through the App Place, users are able to download applications compatible to the Folio 100.

The Folio 100 also ships with a selection of applications preinstalled, including the Opera Mobile Web browser, FBReader, an e-book reader, Document To Go, the tablet's office suite, Evernote notes, Adobe Flash 10.1 and Fring, an app that in combination with the embedded Web cam allows video calls.

The announcement follows a release earlier this week from Samsung, whose Galaxy Tab tablet computer fits in between Apple's iPad and the company's popular iPhone smartphone. A 7-inch display allows users to communicate via e-mail, voice and video call, SMS/MMS, or social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Supporting the latest Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the tablet also features a "Readers Hub," Samsung's e-reading application, as well as a media application, a gateway to films and videos, and a digital music application.

Toshiba also had some less positive news today: The company announced a voluntary recall of its Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite ProT130 notebooks, which are being recalled due to overheating that could cause damage to the notebooks and burn the users. Toshiba has received 129 reports of the notebook computers overheating and deforming the plastic casing area around the AC adapter plug, including two reports of minor burn injuries that did not require medical attention and two reports of minor property damage.