Apr 10 AT 10:48 AM Anthony Domanico 32 Comments

Toshiba announces 7.7, 10, and 13-inch Excite Tablets, coming in May/June

excite Image via: Toshiba via Flickr

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

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  • 16GB model – $500
  • 32GB model – $580

Excite 10″ – May 6th Release Date

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  • 16GB model – $450
  • 32GB model – $530
  • 64GB model – $650

Excite 13″ – June 10th Release Date

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  • 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 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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Via: Engadget

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Many aren’t so keen on the idea of 13″ tablets. I LOVE the idea, however! I would SO take a *good* 13″ tablet (high enough resolution, good specs) that had a laptop dock and Ubuntu on Android to replace my laptop and never look back! I don’t think that’s what this Toshiba is going to be but kudos to them for extending the form factor to a larger screen like this! :-)

  • http://willoughbyjunction.com Jayson Olson

    Why is the 7.7″ 16GB size $50 more than the 10″ version? I pay more for less screen?

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      The 7″ has an AMOLED while the 10″ does not. That’s likely the main difference. Sounds like the 10″ and 13″ screens are very dim while the 7″ is quite bright (as are most AMOLED screens).

    • Angel

      You’re paying for added convenience…

  • spazby

    I would totally go for the 13 inch version but not sure at that resolution – will have to see it first…

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    I think the 13 would make the most exciting serving tray ever:

    • kazahani

      They should get the ShamWow guy to sell them on infomercials at 3AM.

      “For only 12 easy payments of $69.99!”

  • uzunoff

    “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.”

    I don’t know where is that general assumption that there are no plenty of tablet customized apps available.
    I have about 50 -60 tablet apps installed and there are plenty more available.

    It is about time we stop pretending that Android market does not have enough tablet apps to justify buying an Android Tablet.

    Not even mentioning the Amazon App store with plenty more tablet apps.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      I think the problem is that it’s MUCH more difficult than it should be to find the apps that are tablet-optimized. The last time I went looking for tablet apps for my Honeycomb tablet (when I had one), it was quite painful and time-consuming. I couldn’t just use the Market to discover them – I had to go find blog posts that had lists of “popular tablet-optimized apps”.

      On my phone, I just fire up the Market, type something relevant, and I’m flooded with many options and it’s not hard to filter out the bad from the good.

      • uzunoff

        When I open the Market app from my Asus Prime, in the App section, there is a link for “Recommended for Tablet” apps.

        It has about 20 -30 apps that change constantly.

        this must be a special version of the market designed for tablets, It must be up to the manufacturer to include this or maybe it is dynamically generated by Google Play Store.

        Does anybody else see that section with other than Asus Transformer Prime tablets?

        • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

          This may be new with the Play Store.

          However, even so, how can I search for “twitter” or “internet radio” or “email” and know whether the results are tablet-friendly or not? There still is no easy way to do so. There needs to be a checkbox to only include tablet-optimized apps. THAT would make a HUGE difference!

          • uzunoff

            I agree with you. There is no way for you to search for an app and specify in the search criteria to have only tablet apps displayed.

            The only way to find out which apps are tablet optimized is by reading the description of an app before installing. OR when searching include the word ‘tablet’ in the search box.

            In my test that produced tablet optimized apps.

  • itguy426

    I would love the 13 inch size. The price tag is pretty big too. It would be nice to see tablets start coming down in price not staying the same or going up. With all of the competition this would be one way to stick out from the crowd a lower priced tablet.

  • Angel

    Price is not why I wouldn’t be interested in these…. Leaving out needed features is. They could have easily come up with some sort of adapter for the USB and HDMI ports. Not having these ports is going backward, not forward. Maybe version 2.0 will be worthy of buying.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      It has micro-USB and micro-HDMI. You really want them to make the device 40% thicker so they can have the full-size ports? THAT would be going backwards!

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    A 13-inch tablet named the Excite? Did Toshiba take the post about Android devices and condom names overlapping as a challenge?

  • tagstar

    I’ve been using the Toshiba Thrive for a week now. It’s fairly great. Hopefully they make a few improvements

    - Full usb host port
    - Does a full charge in an hour with a laptop sized charger
    - Swappable batteries
    - 11 hour battery life
    - Tons of ports
    - Heavy duty

    - Only supports up to 4 touch gestures
    - No Verizon LTE support
    - Screen is slightly dim
    - Can’t charge via micro usb
    - No flash on the cameras
    - Slightly heavy

    • tagstar

      OMG they ditched the USB port. WHOOPS!!!

  • WlfHart

    13″ form factor might be interesting… we’ll see how it turns out.

  • skugern

    Thirteen inches? Isn’t one of the benefits to having a tablet the fact that it’s not as big as a laptop? If this is how Toshiba is differentiating their product line, I’d say it’s not working very well.

    • Raptor

      13.6″ is standard A4 page format of letters and journals. Any problems with that? It’s actually great how Toshiba is doing that compared to dumb Apple which only differentiates by the flash size.

      The only really stupid i’d even say moronic thing is not a retina display resolution

  • tagstar

    And by differentiation you mean copying everybody else? When they threw out the extra ports, there’s really not anything different between the samsung galaxy tab.

    I think the benefit of a tablet, versus a laptop is that you take it out and it’s ready to go. Where a notebook you have to set it down and open the laptop.

    Tablets are good to use standing up.

  • Tojen

    13″ seems large for a touch screen. But, if the market was there for it, the price point seems reasonable. Though it would be nice to see more ram for it.

    As for the 10″, it’s competitively priced so it should do ok..

    The 7 inch? Way overpriced with the new galaxy tab coming in around $300 and the alleged google nexus tablet coming in @ $200.

    • jonathan3579

      A lot of people said 5.3 inches was too big for a phone and the Note makes a wonderful phone.

      • Tojen

        All personal preference I suppose. I haven’t seen a galaxy note in person to say one way or the other. If you carry it caseless it might not be too bulky. But if you throw a nice heavy duty case on it, it might be quite irritating to pocket-carry. I pocket-carry my Atrix with a case and I really wouldn’t want it any larger.

  • Mix

    I have to agree that the 7″ seems to be way over priced and the 13″ is just to big for a tablet, might as well just buy a laptop if you go that big…

  • aranea

    It’s good to hear that Toshiba actually went for quad-core cpu. The initial models had dual- or single-core.

    13inch one may be the tablet I’m looking for my parents. They don’t need to carry it around but use it at home for web browsing, video chat and such. Though I’m not so sure about the resolution for such a big screen. Also the brightness may be an issue for my parents.

  • Dave

    All I have to say is not for that price range

  • honourbound68

    someone pls tell toshiba that their prices are not “Excite-ing”


    No USB or HDMI port is unaccepatble. The minimum should be a mini or midi HDMI.

  • Eludium-Q36

    If Samsung doesn’t intro their mythical 11.6-in supertablet then the Excite 13-in will be my next living-room-based tablet (don’t care about portability for sofa-surfing). I will buy this sooo hard when it goes on sale for 4th of July.

  • KennyL

    13″ is more tablet than I want and less computer screen than I want. I’d rather take the 10″ with a laptop dock. If I could run ubuntu (or some variant) off an SDXC card in the dock and have a full sized SDXC port on the tablet itself…oh man, you could have my money now.

    As for dissing the thrive. Sure it was not the best looking of the tablets but don’t dis it. It has a lot going for it, including a full sized SDXC port when most manufacturers were putting in micro sdhc ports. Not the prettiest tablet but it was one of the most functional for it’s generation.