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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
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.

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