Toshiba previews its next tablet at IFA

One of the most anticipated tablets this year was the Toshiba AT100, a tablet that featured USB connectivity, HDMI out, and a replaceable battery. Now Toshiba’s giving it a second try with the AT200, a tablet that does away with much of the thickness that came with the debut model.

The new tablet will give competing models a run for their money with a thickness of 7.7mm – the thinnest yet for a tablet – and a 558 gram weight, while still retaining the 10.1 inch screen.

You’ll still have plenty of ports to choose from – one of the key features we liked about the AT100 – with this newm odel offering microUSB, microSD, WiFi, micro-HDMI, and Bluetooth.

Toshiba’s AT200 will also come with the latest version of Google Android Honeycomb (3.2) and will feature a battery rated for up to 8 hours of video playback. Whether this battery will be replaceable like the previous tablet isn’t yet known. Given the shape and thickness of the new device, we’d be surprised if it did, but we’re hoping.

As for the question of when this potential iPad beater will arrive locally, that’s anyone guess. We’d expect a release by the end of 2011, but we’ll have more on that soon.