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All eyes right now are on Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, and that could spell trouble for Toshiba. Like the Kindle Fire, Toshiba's tablet is scheduled to ship in November. And also like the Kindle Fire, Toshiba's Thrive is a 7-inch slate with a dual-core processor running Google's Android OS. The problem Toshiba will have is in convincing consumers the Thrive is worth twice as much as the Kindle Fire.
MobileMag quotes a Toshiba representative as saying the starting price of the Thrive is "less than $400," which more than likely means $399. That's $200 more than the Kindle Fire, which is available for pre-order for $199. Let's see how the two compare:
It's not entirely fair to compare these devices in a head-to-head match up because one is shooting to be a pure tablet and the other a hybrid tablet/eBook reader of sorts, but fair or not, this is what consumers will be looking at. Toshiba's 7-inch Thrive tablet edges out Amazon's Kindle Fire in hardware, but is it worth paying double? We wouldn't be surprised if Toshiba cut the price of its Thrive tablet ahead of launch.
Which one do you find more enticing?
Image Credit: Toshiba