Toshiba has announced a new tablet for the UK market today, the AT300SE. While it’s unclear whether the “SE” in that name stands for “second edition”, or “sequel”, it’s pretty clear that this is the successor to the original AT300 unveiled back in May.
The AT300SE comes with a 10.1-inch 1280×800 touchscreen, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 3 MP rear camera, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage space, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and claimed 10-hour battery life. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
This tablet will be in stores sometimes before the end of the year, and it will cost £299.99.
Therein lies the problem. The specs are certainly decent for this day and age, but this is obviously not a high-end tablet. The Google Nexus 10, on the other hand, is. And it costs just £20 more. The Nexus 10 has a much better display (with 2,560×1,600 resolution, the highest ever seen on a tablet), next-gen processor (Cortex-A15 based Samsung Exynos 5), and it runs Android 4.2 out of the box. Plus, software support will be incomparably better for it, since it is a Nexus – which means you’ll get new Android versions first. We can’t imagine that paying £20 more could be a real problem for any of you considering a £300-ish tablet, so the only real downside to the Nexus 10 is that it doesn’t have a microSD card slot, so you’re stuck with the built-in storage space. But hopefully that’s not a dealbreaker for you, since it really is a much better offering than the AT300SE.
Sure, the Nexus 10 may be sold out at the moment. Then again, the Toshiba AT300SE isn’t even available yet.
In the end, you’ll decide what’s best for you. But one thing is clear – with its pricing for its new Nexus products, Google has instantly made many competing Android devices seem overpriced.
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