Price (RRP): $539
Toshiba was one of the first out with an iPad competitor, and late last year the company tried to shake things up with a 7 inch tablet that used the same formula.
Now, Toshiba is trying it again, sticking the slate on a diet and upping the specs.
The second seven inch tablet we’ve seen from Toshiba, the latest model cuts out the black thick plastic body we saw last time and replaces it with a svelte metal chassis.
While it’s technically classed as a seven inch tablet, the AT270 is closer to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and features a 7.67 inch screen with the HD-ready resolution of 1280×800, with Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass covering it.
Under the hood, it’s a set of specifications which is beginning to become the norm for tablet manufacturers this year, with Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, Google Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, and 16GB storage with a microSD slot for expanding the memory further.
Connectivity comes in the form of 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for DLNA, while multimedia is catered for with a 3.5mm headset jack, two speakers at the bottom, a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
A microUSB port is also offered for data transfer, as is the proprietary charge port Toshiba uses, which looks a little like an elongated iPod dock port.
Google’s latest version of Android doesn’t require buttons on the front of the tablet, so Toshiba has unsurprisingly ignored them, but you can still find a power button, rotation lock switch, and volume rocker on the top of the tablet.
The last Toshiba seven incher didn’t do much for us, managing to feel thick, plastic, and lacking in design, so it’s nice to see the company has taken it back to the drawing board for the new model.
With this year’s take on the tiny tablet, Toshiba has slimmed down and shaped up, ditching the plastic and rubber chassis and opting for aluminium instead.
In the latest incarnation, the tablet is thin and light, coming in at 7.85mm and featuring a slightly bigger 7.67 inch screen than its predecessor.