CES 2012: Various Brands Overview: Toshiba Phones And Tablets Hands-on

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Toshibas has a few fascinating gadgets to show at the CES as well. We managed to acquire our hands on the company's latest tablets and smartphones. While the Honeycomb slates were rather unexciting, the two smartphones caught our attention for a while.

The Windows Phone Mango powered IS12T and the Android-based Arrows Z. There is one super power shared by both handsets - they are waterproof.

Toshiba Arrows Z and IS12T

Toshiba IS12T comes with IPX5 certification for splash resistance. It is based on the typical for the latest Windows Phone smartphones platform - MSM8655 Snapdragon (1Giga Hertz (GHz) single core Scorpion, Adreno 205 GPU) and utilizes a 3.7-inch WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) TFT display.

There is one notable feature that separates this fella from most of the Windows gang - its 13.2 megapixel capturing camera and the complimentary 32GB internal storage. The IS12T is running on the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System (OS) and is available for quite some time, but is a Japan-exclusive smartphone.

Toshiba IS12T

The other phone swimming in the water is the Toshiba Arrows Z - another 13.2 megapixel cameraphone with 1080p video recording. This one though has a 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-ore processor ticking inside and a huge 4.3-inch 720p display to experience the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Unfortunately it is another Japan-exclusive phone, so you'll probably never see it again.

Toshiba Arrows Z

Now about those slates we mentioned. The Excite AT200 and the Thrive 7 have been announced in September 2011, but they've been launched just recently.

Toshiba Excite AT 200 • Toshiba Thrive 7

The Excite AT200 is based on the TI OMAP-4430 chipset with a 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU and 1GB RAM. It has a 10.1" LED-backlit display, a 5 megapixel capturing camera and runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Toshiba advertise the Excite as the thinnest tablet in the world and so far it is. The Excite is just 7.7mm thick, a 0.2mm less than the Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7. See for yourself in the live photos below.

Toshiba Excite AT200

The other slate is the Thrive 7, which is based on the older NVIDIA Tegra2 and is running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. It's not the thinnest around, but it should be cheap enough and will offer solid features. Toshiba is also offering as separate accessories a nice small dock and a wireless keyboard for the Thrive 7.

Toshiba Thrive 7

If you followed the CES events closely, you'll remember Toshiba showcased three mysterious tablets without saying much about their specs. Well, here we have a few shots of the 5.1" and 7.7" ones.

The 7.7" one uses an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) and is all metal. Its build quality is really impressive too. Unfortunately that's everything we know so far.

Toshiba 7.7 and 5.1 tablets

The 5.1" tablet specs info is equally scarce - it uses a really wide 21:9 display and has a metallic back too.

We suspect both upcoming slates are based on dual-core chipsets and run on Android, but we still have to wait for official confirmation.



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