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Toshiba Excite 13
Toshiba adds more screen sizes to Excite tablet line

Toshiba has expanded its line of Excite Android tablets to include three new screen sizes. The new tablets have 13.3-inch, 10.1-inch, and 7.7-inch screens. The names of the tablets, predictably, are the Excite 10, Excite 13, and Excite 7.7. The tablets all have some common features including aluminum bodies and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass displays. The tablets also all run Android 4.0 for the operating system.
 
“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.”
 
The new tablets use an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, which are quad-core CPUs with an additional fifth core for low-power operations. Toshiba gives each of the three new tablets a five-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front camera. The tablets also have integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and stereo speakers.

The Excite 10 has an LED backlit screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and supports up to 10 points of touch at the same time. The 10-inch tablet is 0.35-inch thick, weighs 1.32 pounds, and promises 10 hours of battery life. It includes 1 GB of RAM and has integrated micro USB, micro HDMI, and a SD card slot.

The Excite 13 measures 13.3-inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1600 x 900. It has four speakers for better sound and 1 GB of memory. It promises up to 13 hours of battery life.
 
The Excite 7.7 uses an AMOLED display and has 1 GB of memory. The tablet is 0.3-inch thick and weighs 13.4 ounces.

All of the tablets can access Google Play and run the full array of Android apps that are available. The Excite 10 will launch in May with a 16 GB version for $449.99, 32 GB version for $529.99, and 64 GB version for $649.99. The Excite 7.7 will launch in June with a 16 GB version for $499.99 and 32 GB version for $579.99. The Excite 13 will also launch in June with a 32 GB version for $649.99 and 64 GB version for $749.99.
 

Toshiba Excite 7.7

Source: Market Watch



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13 inch tablet resolution
By Novaguy on 4/10/2012 11:54:36 AM , Rating: 1
1600x900 is kind of disappointing for the 13 inch tablet given the approximately 2000x1500 of the current 2012 ipad (which is only a 10 inch class tablet). They really needed to hit 1080p at a minimum at that size.




RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By ShaolinSoccer on 4/10/2012 12:56:48 PM , Rating: 3
Except, 720p is more than excellent... even on a 52" screen... and I have perfect vision.


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By GuinnessKMF on 4/10/2012 3:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
And you're watching your 52" screen from across the room, not holding it up to your face.

I can absolutely tell the difference between 720p and 1080p video, and video obscures the fact that the resolution isn't perfect via movement. Higher resolutions become more important when displaying static graphics.

Even "retina display" shouldn't be the stopping point of progress here, I appreciate much higher resolutions and I'm willing to pay extra for them. That said I don't want to pay extra for the Apple name, and I don't want to be stuck in their lockdown ecosystem.

Oh, and you don't have perfect vision.


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By The0ne on 4/10/2012 3:21:53 PM , Rating: 3
I just had to laugh. The ending comment was even more hilarious. You should definitely be a wine critic!


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By agent2099 on 4/10/2012 3:32:29 PM , Rating: 2
". That said I don't want to pay extra for the Apple name"

Except, you're not paying a premium for the Apple name, at least when it comes to their tablets. The ipad 3 with it's screen offers way more value at only $50 more than the comparable Toshiba. The ipad is effectively "cheaper" than the thrive. Apple has really gone against the grain with the ipad line of devices (especially the 3) offering you more value for your money than the competition.


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By GuinnessKMF on 4/11/2012 2:13:14 AM , Rating: 2
$50 more plus 2 years of a contract w/ a cellular carrier.

I do agree that the iPad "3" is a good deal right now because it's the only option at these specs, and the margins are likely not as absurd as most of their products. I suspect that Samsung will release a tablet with competitive screen resolutions and hardware at a competitive price, except it will be a more open environment (for typical consumers I think that's a weak argument, I have some personal projects I plan on developing so the environment is important to me).


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By agent2099 on 4/11/2012 4:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
There is no contract required for the iPad


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By GuinnessKMF on 4/11/2012 9:40:48 AM , Rating: 2
My bad, then the Toshibas are indeed overpriced, although I doubt they'll actually stay at that price, but the iPads won't drop in price anytime soon (because they'll have no problem selling).


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By agent2099 on 4/11/2012 5:06:13 AM , Rating: 2
iPads are not sold with contracts


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By ShaolinSoccer on 4/11/2012 10:39:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And you're watching your 52" screen from across the room, not holding it up to your face.


Who the hell holds their tablet up to their face? And my vision is absolutely perfect. I can see every pixel, not to mention read things from far away before most people can.


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By XZerg on 4/10/2012 6:23:59 PM , Rating: 2
except with 720p you have less screen space for multi-tasking. True enough that most of the tablet OS and programs aren't build for multi-tasking but who is to say that you can't remote desktop into something much more capable and work? Fluidity of such an interface is something that would be the arrow in the knee until that's fixed up.


By TakinYourPoints on 4/13/2012 3:35:55 AM , Rating: 2
Viewing distance is something to be taken into account. The closer a display, the higher the DPI needs to be. This is why a 3.5" display held at less than a foot is great at >300 DPI while a 60" HDTV at 9' away works at 1080p.

Using a 52" HDTV at 720p as an example to make your point shows how little you understand the problem here.


RE: 13 inch tablet resolution
By fteoath64 on 4/11/2012 3:26:01 AM , Rating: 2
Should have been 1920X1080 for a 13 inch screen!. But if it were IPS or Super LCD, it might be hard to tell even at a smaller 1600X900 resolution so we have to see it physically once device has launched.
It sure would look very awkward for such a large tablet with a 16/9 format screen. But I bet would be a wonder to use sitting down.


sigh...
By lifewatcher on 4/10/2012 11:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
If an underdog, such as Toshiba, is trying to break the market and snatch a share, shouldn't it try to beat the leader in most, if not all aspects? What am I missing here? In terms of CPU/GPU I'd call this even, as Apple and Toshiba score one victory each; The price is close; The number of apps is NOT close, no matter how popular android gets; The screen - another failure to stick a thumb in Apple's eye... Why? What's so damn difficult to match their retina display standard at this price point? Apple is making a killing on these devices, so I'm sure that the screen can be beat, even if Toshiba makes a few bucks less on each tablet. Why not make a real iPad-killer finally?
So, darn, frustrating...




RE: sigh...
By Motoman on 4/10/2012 11:56:55 AM , Rating: 2
Number of apps is retarded. So one platform has a billion apps while another only has a few hundred thousand.

How many apps do you think you need? And what are the chances that beyond the first 1% of all apps that the rest aren't all useless crap anyway?

At any rate, no one competes with Apple. Someone willing to make an Apple purchase isn't concerned about the device in the first place. Samsung is only competing against other non-Apple manufacturers.


RE: sigh...
By fteoath64 on 4/11/2012 3:12:48 AM , Rating: 2
"At any rate, no one competes with Apple. Someone willing to make an Apple purchase isn't concerned about the device in the first place."

Not quite!. Even Apple knows that their discerning customers know at lot about the devices once they own or have used the original iPad. So yeah, Android does compete in some ways by offering different sizes at different prices and feature sets. As for the amount of apps, both have way enough to choose from. Popular ones tend to be common in the platforms. Without Flash, Apple is disadvantaged somewhat, amongst several other features like Sd slots and ports.
People do grow out of devices over time and it keeps the market vibrant and healthy in the long run.


RE: sigh...
By tamalero on 4/11/2012 11:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
If its like the older Thrive tablet, they will be ok.

they use 3 different app stores (Toshiba's, Amazon's and Android's)

so I dunno why that many complains for the number of apps.
Number of apps never should be used as penis-size contest thing to claim superiority.. its like how the Mhz war is pretty much useless as a meter; due of architecture differences.


RE: sigh...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/13/2012 3:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Number of apps is retarded. So one platform has a billion apps while another only has a few hundred thousand.


No, number of applications and developers means everything.

Windows has an insane number of applications and developers on it. There are also a lot of trash applications for the platform, but an increased number of high quality developers and applications go along with that.

The same logic follows for iOS. You have more high profile developers making high quality applications for the platform than for any other mobile OS. Only talking about garbage shovelware while completely ignoring the higher number of quality applications compared to other mobile operating systems is ridiculous.


Guerilla Glass or Gorilla Glass?
By ChronoReverse on 4/10/2012 10:55:43 AM , Rating: 2
I'm probably just being pedantic, but isn't it "Gorilla Glass"?




RE: Guerilla Glass or Gorilla Glass?
By jimbojimbo on 4/10/2012 11:10:26 AM , Rating: 3
It's the type of glass that'll take you out quickly then hide. Haven't heard of it?


By ClownPuncher on 4/10/2012 5:33:33 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds dirty.


I don't get it...
By Boze on 4/10/2012 11:20:54 AM , Rating: 1
The 7.7 inch version is $499.99? And the 10 inch tablet is $449.99?

I'm also concerned about the viability of a 13.3" tablet in the market. I have no desire for a tablet that large. Any tablet that large is going to be too heavy for me to use comfortably on a regular basis. I'm not a small chap either, 6'1" and 195 lbs., but I find the iPad to be "just right" for this bear.

Maybe someone who's 6'6" or so would have no problems holding that thing up constantly, but by the time we reach 13.3 inches, with a 13 hour battery life, I'm thinking that'll be at least 2.25 lbs, maybe as heavy as 3 lbs. consider the battery life. The iPad 1/2/3 all weigh about 1.5, and that seems to be the sweet spot for most.

I'm also not at all enthused by the resolution. The iPad 3 is the tablet to beat, and that most certainly includes its resolution. If anyone intends to be competitive in the marketplace in the future, they need to be at least as good as an iPad 3. Android is already severely behind, and frankly with price points remaining the same as iPads, I don't see how they're going to woo anyone over.

I'm still waiting for a 2048 x 1536 or better 10" Android tablet, not to mention actual productivity scenarios. I look at a tablet and I realize that it does nothing that my ASUS Ultrabook won't do, and my Ultrabook probably does it a lot faster.

Tablets are still toys for the average user. Granted, they are interesting toys, and a few markets can now use tablets effectively (radiology departments and the iPad 3 are probably a good fit because of its resolution), but by and large, I just don't "get it" yet.

If the mission is to be "cool", then I guess mission accomplished, in a pathetic $499 to $829 way, since you could go to the gym and get a haircut and some new wardrobe items for that and be legitimately cooler... but what do I know... I actually have to get shit done with my devices.




RE: I don't get it...
By ShaolinSoccer on 4/10/2012 1:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about you but when I use my tablet, it's not while standing up for long periods of time. It's usually when I'm sitting down or I have it set up in it's stand on a counter or table. And if I'm laying down, I sometimes put a small pillow on my chest and hold it up on that. So weight isn't too much of an issue. I also don't use it for hours at a time since I prefer reading from books than from tablets. Just doesn't "feel" the same as books.


RE: I don't get it...
By eldakka on 4/12/2012 12:10:22 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm also concerned about the viability of a 13.3" tablet in the market.


Unless you are a Toshiba shareholder (and hence have a financial interest), why would you be concerned by this?


Need to compete on price.
By lightfoot on 4/10/2012 11:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
If the 7.7 inch tablet were priced at $350 it would be tempting. At $500, not so much.

And why doesn't the article have all the same stats for all the devices? It has the weight for one of the three devices and the resolution for two of the three. Why not give all the stats for all the devices?? It is impossible to make an informed decision if you can't even compare the same company's products side-by-side.




RE: Need to compete on price.
By Mint on 4/10/2012 6:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
The AMOLED on the 7.7" is really intriguing to me. I absolutely love OLED, as its contrast completely shames LCD.

Despite its price, it's the most attractive one to me.


Not "Excited"
By cknobman on 4/10/2012 11:25:10 AM , Rating: 2
Just what we dont need, more models of redundant crap to muddle up the marketplace instead of concentrating on 1 or 2 high quality reasonably priced models.




By jimbojimbo on 4/10/2012 12:31:56 PM , Rating: 2
13 hour battery life with that big of a screen? I'm betting 2pounds at minimum since it needs it for the extra graphics processing as well as lighting up that mammoth screen.

I find it interesting that the 10" costs less than the 7.7". I guess AMOLED costs more.




about time
By glennco on 4/11/2012 1:49:30 AM , Rating: 2
Despite all the negativity on this website, I think it'll sell for sure. I want bigger than the current available tablets for couch surfing or i'll just use my laptop. The resolution is the same as my 15" laptop so why would i care about it not matching, or bettering, the so called 'retina' display. This tablet seems perfectly capable of performing the advertised task, and at a decent price.

The whole world wants more more more, bigger bigger numbers without even thinking about how they will use the tablet. They are being controlled by the CE marketing departments and they don't even realise it. They thing they are experts for knowing all the 'specs' and quote them just like the marketing departments want them too. Retina display... give me a break. What comes next? Super Retina Display? I don't even have super retinas. Optic Nerve Display? It is all marketing wank. Sure there is benefits to these specs but don't be blinded by them. It is the whole megahertz / megapixel races all over again.




By ritualm on 4/11/2012 1:36:32 PM , Rating: 2
If those MSRPs stand, Toshiba has effectively priced itself out of the sub-8" tablet market. Asking $50 more going from 10" to 7.7" is stupid.




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