Toshiba may not have left a big impression on the tablet market with its past Thrive tablet offerings. This may all change with the announcement of three upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich tablets from Toshiba, all part of the Excite lineup, with one model trying to push the conventional boundaries in terms of size. The three Toshiba Excite tablets will come in 7.7-inch, 10.1-inch, and 13.3-inch variants.
Here’s what each tablet packs under the casing. All three strictly WiFi Toshiba Excite tablets come with Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processors, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera. The Excite 13 and 10 both have regular SD card and micro HDMI slots, while the Excite 7.7 will have to make do with a microSD card slot.
Now, we’ve heard about three Toshiba Excite tablets before, but we certainly didn’t expect to see the big daddy of them all to make an appearance so soon. We’re talking about the Excite 13.3 and its humungous 13.3-inch IPS display with an impressive 1600 x 900 resolution. Coming in at 990 grams in weight and 10.1mm in thickness, the extra room helps Toshiba put a larger battery on the Excite 13 tablet for an amazing 13 hour battery life. Afraid of losing use of your arms after a prolong usage of this tablet? Fear not, as the Toshiba Excite 13 will ship with a tablet stand.
Don’t confuse the Toshiba Excite 10 with its impossibly thinner Toshiba Excite 10 LE cousin. The former sports the same 1280 x 800 resolution on a 10.1-inch display, though IPS is notably missing. Weighing just 600 grams and measuring 8.9mm thin – the Toshiba Excite 10 still packs up to 10 hours of battery life.
Meanwhile, the Excite 7.7 tablet, with its brilliant AMOLED display, has been on our wish list for months for obvious reasons. The tablet is 7.6mm (!) thin and weighs a meager 380 grams. Coupled with the quad-core Tegra 3 processor, this makes it a more than worthy competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Talking to Ars Technica, Toshiba product marketing manager Young Bae said that the new Excite line is aimed towards a demographic that is concerned more about specs and weight, and less about price. The 32GB model of Toshiba Excite 13 can be had for $650, while the 64GB model will go for $750. As for the 16GB versions of Toshiba Excite 10 and 7.7 – they can be yours for $450 and $500 respectively.
The Toshiba Excite 10 will go on sale in the beginning of May, while both Toshiba Excite 7.7 and 13 will ship in June.