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Toshiba hits U.S. with Digital Media Frames

Consumer electronics company partners with FrameChannel and launches its first Wi-Fi-connected media frames for the U.S. in August.


It's not surprising when a TV or monitor manufacturer decides to enter the digital photo frame market. It's already got its hands on the panels, designers, and brand recognition, so why not throw something out there and see if it can sell some units? So again, not shocking that Toshiba announced Monday one 10-inch and two 8-inch Digital Media Frames (especially since its dabbled in this market outside the U.S.).

Toshiba's not calling them photo frames, because they do more than just display pictures once you connect them over Wi-Fi to the Internet. A partnership with FrameChannel will give you access to more than 1,000 channels of personalized content, such as news, weather, sports, and financial data as well as photo-sharing sites, social networks, and RSS feeds.

The 8-inch model (pictured) comes in black or white at a suggested retail price of $179.99 and features "an acrylic front finish and eye-catching reflective trim." It also looks like they have some touch-sensitive buttons that hopefully disappear when not in use. The $229.99 10-inch frame is black only and has "a striking faceplate design and a slim profile."

Look for them to be available in August.