To call Toshiba’s new Excite lineup exciting is anything but cliché. Taking the smart road, Toshiba boldly announced their belief that one size does not fit all, as far as tablets go. The new Excite comes in a 7, 10 and whopping 13 inch display sizes. All three will launch with Android 4.0 ICS and will sport a Tegra 3 CPU, which I will get into in a moment, but I’m still excited by the fact that Toshiba has caught on to giving options to customers. One of the biggest arguments I see revolves around comparative sizes, so this is a big win for the consumer. Here’s what they had to say about the topic:
“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.”
Right now I’m typing this on my new Toshiba gaming laptop. It’s freakin’ huge for a laptop, but space and mobility are pretty key to me without giving up on performance. Others do quite well with the Satellite and enjoy how it can handle their average loads. Now, this has moved to tablets which allows yet another Android product to conform to the needs of its buyer.
Now for the good stuff. As stated before, each will have the newest Android and the Tegra 3, which looks to be far more appealing than the Tegra 2. This quad-core delivers on expected performance for processing and gaming, and also has the new 4-PLUS-1 mobile quad core CPU. The fun part is that the plus-1 is a fifth core dedicated to handling everyday apps, thus saving you some precious battery. Coupled with 1 GB of RAM, these things will fly. They also include a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, stereo speakers, and usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality. For those who know the wonder of it, each also includes Corning’s amazing Gorilla Glass and a brushed aluminum shell which doesn’t make them indestructible, but certainly makes me comfortable with their durability. The 7.7 comes in the normal 16 GB and 32 GB, while the 10 steps up its versatility factor with third a 64 GB edition. The 13 is big in every way, boasting only 32 and 64 GB models. This doesn’t even take into account the micro SD slot in which case you could end up with an insane 128 GB of storage. (Beat that Apple.)
The Excite 7.7 is the smallest in the line, but could already be my favorite. This bad boy is AMOLED and anyone who has experienced it knows the vivid colors and sharp definition one can expect. At 0.3 inches thick and 13.4 oz, this small wonder is for those on the go who want something portable, but only want to give up on size. It has a micro USB port and an external slot for a micro SD card. (Like what?!?!?)
The Excite 10 is the mid-sized tablet in the lineup. Though it doesn’t have AMOLED, it does rock the AutoBrite LED Backlit display with a 1280×800 resolution. Going a step further with touch displays, it supports ten finger multitouch. This can only mean good things for mobile gaming enthusiasts. The AutoBrite display is nothing to scoff at and in fact I am looking at one right now. The more I look at this thing, the more I see a possible replacement for my current tab. As for size, it’s slightly thicker at 0.35 inches and 1.32 pounds. It also has the micro USB and micro SD card slots that I clearly love and also boasts a micro HDMI port.
The Excite 13 blows my mind. Like the Excite 10, it has the AutoBrite LED Backlit display, but this time moves into the realm of my laptop. This brute has the HD version. It will satisfy any movie enthusiast with the full 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1600×900 native resolution. (Can you say LCD Density, anyone?) It has 4 speaker stereo sound and SRS technology. The Excite 13 also supports 10 finger multitouch, like its counterpart. Only 0.4 inches thick and 2.2 pounds, this thing is like the athletic linebacker of tablets. It even has a kickstand. I am going to speculate that it will restart the debate on if a tablet could replace a person’s laptop.
Per Toshiba’s announcement, pricing and availability are as follows:
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.
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