Toshiba Thrive tablet will undercut iPad2

Toshiba Thrive

It will sell for $429 (£262) which is cheaper than the base iPad2 at $499.

The Thrive is equipped with Android 3.1, wi-fi, a Tegra 2 dual-core processor and an IPS display.

Connectivity comes in the shape of an HDMI port, USB sockets and Toshiba's Resolution+ technology, which is also fitted to its TVs.

Buyers will be able to choose from a selection of dfferent coloured back covers to customise their tablet.

US pricing is $429 for 8GB, $479 for 16GB and $579 for 32GB. UK prices have yet to be announced.

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Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.