Toshiba has always struck me as a bit half-hearted when it comes to its mobile division, as if it's being forced to get into smartphones and tablets when it would be far happier just sticking to laptops, tellies and camcorders.
Its latest spin of the Android wheel is the AT300 tablet, announced today, which ticks all the right boxes – Tegra 3, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and a 10-hour battery life – yet still somehow seems a bit... well... “meh”.
It's certainly not for any weakness in the AT300's spec – in fact, in a game of tablet top trumps it would be the best cards in the deck. The aluminium shell starts things off well, with a Gorilla Glass screen and slender 8.95mm waistline continuing the good work from a build quality point of view.
Display-wise, you're looking at a 10.1in 1280 x 800 panel, which supports 10-finger multitouch, and the chassis houses a pair of cameras – a 5-megapixel round the back and a 2MP front-facing companion.
That Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset comes paired with 1GB of DDR3 memory, and you have a choice between 16GB and 32GB of storage. The usual ports and connections are present and correct, including the inevitable mini variations of USB and HDMI. What you do get, however, is a full-size SD card slot, which is unusual these days, not to mention an eMMC expansion slot for adding to the on-board storage by up to a further 64GB.
Battery life is pretty good: Toshiba reckons you'll get 10 hours of continuous video playback before having to plug in, or up to 12 hours under more typical use.
Toshiba reckons the AT300 will be set loose before the end of Q2, which effectively means in the next five weeks. Hopefully we won't all have completely forgotten all about it by then...