Toshiba AT300SE tablet: affordable but unremarkable

Toshiba AT300SE tablet: affordable but unremarkableToshiba has announced the AT300SE, a new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet along similar lines as the existing AT300 but with a bit more meat on its bones.

But while it's not quite as slender as the AT300, Toshiba's latest is also less expensive, coming in at £299 for the 16GB edition – that's £30 less than the existing model will set you back.

Toshiba is no stranger to plus-size tablets – who can forget its first Android slate, the AT100, or the Thrive? It was first announced towards the beginning of last year, weighing upwards of 700g and with a near-16mm waistline – talk about leaving an impression.

The new arrival isn't quite in that league, bulking up only slightly on the existing AT300 to deliver dimensions of 261 x 180 x 10.5mm and a weight of 625g.

That semi-slender profile means there's no repeat of Tosh's tactic of kitting the Thrive out with full-size USB, SD card and HDMI ports – you'll have to make do with micro versions just like the rest of the tablet world these days.

Moving to the main specs, the display is a 10.1in IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800, while on the inside you've got an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, with the microSD route giving you the option of up to 64GB more.

The on-board cameras (3MP and 1.2MP) look to be functional and nothing more, while Toshiba reckons you'll get up to 10 hours of use from a single charge of the AT300SE's battery.

In all, then, it's very much middle of the road stuff, and it's hard to find a single thing worth raising even half an eyebrow to.

Toshiba says its latest slate is “designed with everyday and cost-conscious customers in mind”, and for a 10-inch tablet the AT300SE's price tag isn't extortionate.

But is that and a solid-but-safe feature set enough to get the UK tablet-buying public pulling out their credit cards? We'll find out when the AT300SE goes on sale (sometime between now and the end of the year), but we have our doubts.

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petermgates  Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:52

Now if they'd just bring the AT275 out over here, I'd be a happy man.

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