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Toshiba Excite tablet trio unveiled, 13-inch Tegra 3 beast in tow

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Toshiba Excite tablet trio unveiled, 13-inch Tegra 3 beast in tow
Remember that 13-inch tablet concept that Toshiba was showing off a month ago? Yeah, the device is official now and it is called the Toshiba Excite 13. Now, before anathematizing the tablet as pointless and unpractical, just think about it: people sometimes enjoy sharing their slate with someone else, be it for watching a movie, playing a game, or surfing the web together. In such a scenario, a bigger display is an advantage, and that is the reason why Toshiba decided to craft such a beast.

In terms of specs, the Toshiba Excite 13 is powered by a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 chip, so performance should not be an issue. Its touchscreen display has a resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels, which may sound like much, but the actual pixel density is quite average due to the screen's physical size. There is a 5-megapixel camera on the device's back and a 2-megapixel one up front for video chats. Thankfully, a stand has been thrown in the set, and since the whole thing weighs 2.2 pounds, it will likely be used quite often. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes pre-loaded. Interested in getting one? Well, you will have to wait until June, and $629 is what the 32GB model will cost you.

Toshiba Excite 13

Toshiba Excite 13

But this isn't the only tablet that the company unveiled. Presenting the Toshiba Excite 10, which sports a 10.1-inch display with 1280 by 800 pixels of resolution. Just like its bigger brother, it comes with a Tegra 3 quad-core processor under the hood and a pair of cameras - 5 megapixels on the back and a 2-megapixel one up front. On a single charge, the device should last for about 12 hours until it needs to be plugged in, claims Toshiba. Out of the box you get stock Android 4.0 pre-installed, which is a great thing if you are not much into custom interfaces. The Toshiba Excite 10 will hit the shelves in early May and will retail for $449. Oh, and if the Excite 10 looks familiar, that is because its images were rumored to depict the elusive Google Tablet. Of course, these rumors are now debunked.

Toshiba Excite 10

Toshiba Excite 10

Last but not least, we have the Toshiba Excite 7.7, which, as the name implies, has a 7.7-inch touchscreen, but interestingly, it is made using AMOLED technology. Other than that, it is pretty similar to the aforementioned tablets: with Tegra 3 processor under the hood and sporting the same duo of cameras. The Toshiba Excite 7.7 is expected to hit the market in June, but keep in mind that it will be more expensive than the 10-inch Excite model.

Toshiba Excite 7.7

Toshiba Excite 7.7

source: Toshiba via IntoMobile

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posted on 10 Apr 2012, 08:37 2

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

Why not 1080p HD Screen? Battery should be good too. Hope build quality is nice too, unlike previous thrive tablets.

13" is a dream come true for hardcore tablet users - like me.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:08

3. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

what was wrong with the Thrive's build quality? I never handled one for more than 5 minutes but it felt pretty well built. Did they fall apart after a month?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:15

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

well reviews said that, i haven't held one though. they say it feels cheap and flimsy.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:34 2

5. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

The original Thrive got a fair share of cons and pros. Even though it made out of plastic, but the weight it puts out give people the sense of solid build. Speaker is a complete crap btw, bass completely distorted. I wouldn't consider it a top of the line tablet, just a mediocre and more practical Android tablet.

The new Thrive line up could tell a different story though.

Source: Me, owned the original Thrive

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:37 1

13. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I've been waiting for a laptop-sized tablet for a while. It's about time.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 08:49

2. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

The 13 inch is a great idea but if they were going to do it, its silly to not have at least a 720p screen on that. Its just way too big not to have it. Also, I think this would have been perfect for Win 8 if they had waited and just improved the overall usefulness of the tablet by adding a better screen.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:53 1

6. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Wait I thought it had a 1600x900 display. Isn't that capable of running 1366x768(720p resolution)?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 09:58 2

7. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Dude. I'm totally down for that Excite 13. Huge screen, 4 speakers, full sd card slot and full size USB? Sounds like productivity heaven! My only question is should I sell my Galaxy Tab 10.1 now, or later?

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:08 1

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Me too, I really like the size! I am with you 100%!

+1 my man!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:06

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

720p is 1280x720 pixel resolution. The Toshiba Exite 13 has a 1600x900 pixels resolution. That is better than 720p HD. A 52" 720p HD screen only looks good from about 10 feet or further. Any closer & the pixilation will be there because of the sheer size of the 52” of screen. On a 13" screen 1600x900 will look sweet & not pixilated.

The new iPad's sales are slowing down because the average customer can't see the difference in the new iPad's resolution of 2048x1536 V.S. the iPad 2's 1024x768 pixel resolution. People will pay for the less expensive iPad 2 because they can tell the difference.

The Toshiba 13" tablet is going to be sweet I think! The size is going to set it apart!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:53

10. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Where's the Oblong, Rhombus and Amore? :S

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:19

11. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Tablet screen sizes are starting to approach TV ones...

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:19

12. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

iPad wannabe...

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 17:54

14. djangosp2 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)

pshhh... Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Baby

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