Though Toshiba largely swung and missed with the Thrive line of tablets, they’re going all in on a new line of tablets in the Excite line. Toshiba apparently listened to consumer feedback from the Thrive, and has traded in the bulky, port-heavy body for an extremely thin chassis. The Excite will come in three different variants, with a 7.7″ device with the same AMOLED display we loved in the Galaxy Tab 7.7, a 10″ model with 1280 x 800 resolution, and a whopping 13″, 1600 x 900 model.
Those who long for the full-functionality found in the original Thrive tablets will be happy to know that the 10″ and 13″ variants both sport a full-sized SD card slot, though the USB and HDMI ports were trashed in favor of thinness. All three models will pack the Tegra 3 SoC chipset, which is good news for those of you who use tablets for mobile gaming.
While the Excite tablets are crazy thin (and, incredibly good-looking), the price points are not.
Excite 7.7″ – June 10th Release Date
- 16GB model – $500
- 32GB model – $580
Excite 10″ – May 6th Release Date
- 16GB model – $450
- 32GB model – $530
- 64GB model – $650
Excite 13″ – June 10th Release Date
- 32GB model – $650
- 64GB model – $750
Though we certainly expect tablet computers to be fairly expensive, I have a hard time seeing Toshiba selling many of these tablets at the currently named price points. And while many of us think we would love a 13″ tablet, once you get above a 10″ device, the portability aspect goes out the window.
Still, the Thrive tablets are some of the best-looking Android tablets to be unveiled, and the form factor could move units. The continued release of tablets puts pressure on Google to urge developers to step up the development game for Android tablet applications. Until we start to see applications that don’t look like blown-up phone applications, I have a hard time seeing Android tablets take off outside of the core Android crowd.
Who out there wants one of these bad boys? Would you use a 13″ tablet? Sound off in the comments.Show Press Release
TOSHIBA SET TO EXCITE THE TABLET MARKET WITH NEW 10-, 13- AND 7.7-INCH TABLETS
Toshiba Introduces Three New Android-powered Tablets, Giving Consumers More Choice
IRVINE, Calif. – Apr. 10, 2012 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the expansion of its Exciteâ„¢ family of Androidâ„¢-powered tablets with three new display sizes — 13.3-inch, 10.1-inch and 7.7-inch. The new Excite tablets boast thin-and-light designs, brilliant displays, quad-core performance as well as a full range of essential ports and smart features.
“One size does not fit all, so we are carefully considering how and where people are using tablets and designing form factors to best suit various needs,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “With amazingly thin and light designs, our new Excite family of tablets continues to incorporate what consumers have come to love about Toshiba tablets: essential ports for a more complete tablet computing experience plus durability that ensures they can go the distance.”
Powered to Perform, Built to Last and Designed to Excite
The three new tablets — Excite 10, Excite 13 and Excite 7.7 — feature elegant and sturdy aluminum shells and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass displays, making them not only stylish, but also durable. Powered by Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, which builds on the things people love most about Android — the tablets offer a simplified UI, easy multitasking, customizable home screens, resizable widgets and a full suite of familiar Googleâ„¢ mobile services applications — as well as powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.
From scrolling and swiping the web, to the fast action of the latest games, the Excite tablets’ all-new NVIDIA® Tegraâ„¢ 3 processorsi deliver amazing multitasking, web, gaming and video. This innovative mobile processor features the world’s only 4-PLUS-1â„¢ mobile quad-core CPU, providing users outstanding performance for even the most demanding applications. Apps run faster, games are played at console-quality, HD video is smoother, plus it features a unique 5th battery-saver core to handle everyday apps — extending battery lifeii.
Each tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera on the back, along with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for convenient photography, video capture and chat. The tablets also include stereo speakers with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS® Labs, as well as Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity.
Excite 10: Smart, Speedy, Durable
An all-around tablet designed for home and away, the Excite 10 tablet delivers an exceptional visual experience, featuring a bright, high definition 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBriteâ„¢ LED Backlit display with 1280×800 resolution and 10-finger multi-touch support, making it an ideal choice for web browsing, reading, games and apps. Measuring just 0.35 inches thin and weighing just 1.32 poundsiii, the Excite 10 tablet is extremely portable and delivers up to 10 hours of battery lifeiv and seven days of stand-by.
Delivering more performance than previous generation tablets, the Excite 10 tablet is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA® Tegraâ„¢ 3 processorv with GeForce graphicsvi and 1GB of RAMvii, opening up new possibilities for everyday multi-purpose use and next generation mobile games. Built to do more than the average tablet, users can enjoy easy syncing and sharing between all of their favorite devices, with a selection of built-in ports, including Micro USB, Micro HDMI® and a full-size SD card slot.
Excite 13: More Screen for More of Everything
Delivering more screen real estate than any other tablet on the market, the Excite 13 tablet offers a big, bright, higher resolution display, while delivering more room for everything else — from sharing photos and web browsing to playing games and watching movies with a group. Ideally suited for the home, from growing families to empty nesters, the Excite 13 tablet is only 0.4 inches thin and weighs 2.2 poundsviii, so it is still easy to carry.
With a 13.3-inch diagonal AutoBriteâ„¢ LED Backlit display with 10-finger touch support, the tablet boasts a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and 1600×900 native resolution, perfect for watching HD movies and videos. A four-speaker sound system with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs delivers amazing audio and an included tablet stand makes it easy to prop up on a table, kitchen countertop or coffee table to share videos with friends and family.
Not only great for movies, the Excite 13 tablet can power through the latest games and multitask with ease. Powered by the quad-core NVIDIA Tegraâ„¢ 3 mobile processorix with GeForce graphicsx and 1GB of memoryxi, the large display tablet offers smooth, console-quality gaming plus the performance for high definition entertainment. Extremely power efficient, the Excite 13 tablet is targeted to deliver up to 13 hours of battery lifexii and seven days of stand-by. The Excite 13 tablet includes Micro USB, Micro HDMI® ports and a full-size SD card slot for syncing and sharing content.
Excite 7.7: A Brilliant AMOLED Display
Toshiba’s first tablet to feature an AMOLED display, the Excite 7.7 tablet is ideal for consumers on the go and is perfect for the mobile gamer and movie lover alike. The tablet’s brilliant 7.7-inch diagonal display brings games, movies, books and photos to life like never before with rich colors, deep contrast and amazing sharpness. Extremely thin at just 0.3 inches and light at only 13.4 ounces, Excite 7.7 fits easily into a bag or jacket.
Exceptionally powerful and able to tackle the latest games and HD content, the Excite 7.7 tablet is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA® Tegraâ„¢ 3 processor with GeForce graphicsxiii and 1GB of memoryxiv. The tablet includes a Micro USB port and a Micro SD card slot for syncing and sharing content.
The Convenience of Android and Exclusive Toshiba Apps
The new Excite tablets include a full suite of familiar Googleâ„¢ Mobile Service applications, including Google Playâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢ and Google Mapsâ„¢. Additionally, the tablets come pre-loaded with a useful mix of Toshiba software and third-party applications, including TOSHIBA Book Place, which offers more than 3 million e-books, the TOSHIBA Media Player that supports content sharing, TOSHIBA File Manager, as well as Netflixâ„¢ and Zinioâ„¢, the ultimate app for magazine lovers and more.
Pricing and Availability
The Excite 10 tablet will be available for purchase on May 6, 2012 for $449.99 MSRPxv for the 16GB model, $529.99 MSRPxvi for the 32GB model and $649.99 MSRPxvii for the 64GB model.
The Excite 7.7 tablet will be available for purchase on June 10, 2012 for $499.99 MSRPxviii for the 16GB model and $579.99 MSRPxix for the 32GB model.
The Excite 13 tablet will be available for purchase on June 10, 2012 for $649.99 MSRPxx for the 32GB model and $749.99 MSRPxxi for the 64GB model.
These tablets will be available at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com.
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