Toshiba Thrive

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Toshiba Thrive (AT100)
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Developer Toshiba
Type Tablet, media player
Release dateJuly 10, 2011;7 years ago (2011-07-10)
Operating system Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (some models in the USA/Canada) or 3.2.1 Honeycomb (other countries)
CPU 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2
Storage Flash memory
8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB
Display10.1 inches (260 mm) 16:10 aspect ratio

Resolution: WXGA (1280x800) 151 PPI, HD 720p Wide-Viewing Angle 16:10 Toshiba Adaptive Display Technology

Resolution+ Video Upconvert Technology


Graphics Nvidia GeForce
Input Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, GPS, E-Compass, USB 2.0, Mini USB, Docking Connector, DC Input, Microphone & SD card reader (micro USB, micro HDMI & micro SD for 7")
CameraFront: 2 MP Webcam with Integrated Microphone Back: 5 MP Camera with Auto Focus and Digital Zoom [1]
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11/b/g/n)
Power23 W-hr Prismatic Lithium Ion User-replaceable
Online servicesAndroid Market (later Google Play)
Dimensions10.75 in (273 mm) (height)
6.97 in (177 mm) (width)
0.62 in (16 mm) (depth)
Mass1.6 lbs (725 g)
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The Toshiba Thrive (AT100 in the UK [2] and Singapore) was a 10.1" tablet computer running Android 3.2.1. PC World praised its full-sized and versatile SD card slot, HDMI port, and USB ports with host functionality and the ability to handle large external drives (up to 2 TB) as well as standard peripherals like USB Keyboards, printers and cameras. The review concluded that there were minor disadvantages including a bulky form and poor sound quality. [3] CNET's review said "Its grooved back, full HDMI and USB support, full SD card slot, and replaceable battery justify its very bulky design." [4]

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The Toshiba Thrive has a capacitive touch screen, 10.1 inches diagonally measured, with 1280x800 resolution. It comes with one gigabyte of RAM, and 8, 16 or 32 gigabytes of flash NAND memory. Its CPU is the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor, capable of common tablet tasks like Android games and other apps, e-books, music, and 720p video. There is a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel camera on the front, and stereo speakers on the bottom. Users can easily remove the Thrive's back cover and replace the battery (which is not the case with many tablets). Though thicker relative to other tablets, the Thrive has rare full-sized USB and HDMI ports, and an SD card slot. There is a mini USB port for communications with a PC, and a port on the bottom edge for Toshiba's proprietary dock. The USB port is popular for external storage (such as flash drives and self-powered hard drives), mice, and keyboards.

The Thrive was first available online in the US on July 10, 2011. [5] In early 2012, Toshiba quietly (without any press releases) introduced Thrive tablets (16 or 32 gigabytes of storage) with support for AT&T 4G HSPA+ mobile broadband. This capability added $80 to the standard prices. [6]

A Thrive with a 7-inch screen was demonstrated in September 2011 [7] and released in December 2011. [8] It weighs 13.3 ounces and has a smaller form factor, 7.44"x5.04"x0.48". However, the battery is not removable, and unlike the bigger Thrive's connections, it has micro HDMI and mini USB ports, and micro SD slot. It features the same front facing 2-megapixel camera. [9]


There were official announcements about the availability of an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in early 2012, [10] and in June 2012, it became available for certain Thrive models in the US, Canada and Australia. There have been numerous complaints about the stability of the stock release at the Thrive Forum, [11] however. For other countries, the latest official version of Android available from Toshiba for this device is still 3.2.1.

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  3. Melissa J Perensen Thrive: A Tablet Edges Closer to the Ideal PC World 2011 July 13
  4. Eric Franklin CNET review
  5. Poeter, Damon (July 7, 2011). "Best Buy Confirms July 10 Release of Toshiba Thrive". PC Mag.
  6. Toshiba Thrive 10" 4G 16GB
  7. Hands On:Toshiba's Hi-Res 7-inch Thrive Tablet Sasha Segan, Sept 27 2011
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  9. Thrive 7" Tablet
  10. Thrive to get ICS this spring
  11. Android 4.0.4 ICS update for Toshiba Thrive is available on August 7th