The Toshiba Smartpad, to be shown off at IFA this year, shall now be known as the Folio 100. Not the best of names, but I’d like to think it’s an improvement over the bland Smartpad title the device used to bear. Of course, with a new title also comes more new information. What else do we now know about the Folio? Quite a few high-end specs will be backing this device up:
10.1″ 1024×600 display
16GB internal storage
NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
USB 2.0 standard and mini
Opera Mobile with Flash 10.1
As you can see, the Folio 100 is looking to battle the top contenders in the Android tablet race. So far, the leader of that race appears to be the Samsung Tab. There are still two major differences between the two that, in my mind, really set these devices apart. Number one being carrier availability. If the Tab makes it’s way onto multiple carriers, like it’s rumored, it may well be over for other Android tablets. Of course, there is still those pesky rumors of a carrier branded Motorola and HTC tablet, but only time will tell on those devices.
The other big difference is the processor. While the Samsung Tab has that amazingly fast Hummingbird under the hood, the Nvidia Tegra 2 in the Folio may make a big difference. A Nvidia Tegra 2 running on Android 2.1 via netbook recently scored 1911 in a Quadrant benchmark. A Nexus One on 2.2 runs at about 1500. If the Folio really does receive JIT injected 2.2 like it’s supposed to… this will be one power-house of a device. Look for more information on the Folio 100 during IFA, starting September 2nd.