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Toshiba Excite 13 passes through the FCC, on track for June launch

May 4, 2012

After enjoying rather modest success with its Thrive line of tablets in 2011, Toshiba has decided to mix things up and launch a new trio of very different slates. The Excite 7.7, Excite 10, and Excite 13 were all revealed a while back, and all three are expected to become available by the end of June.

The humongous Excite 13 was just spotted at the FCC and can now be finally confirmed for the US market. With a 13.3-inch screen and a rather netbook-like look and “figure”, Toshiba’s future tablet should be made available in three different models.

We knew for a while that the 13-incher will come with 32 and 64 GB of on-board storage, but it now seems that we’ll see a slightly more affordable 16 GB model as well. On the other hand, it’s very likely that the 16 GB version will only hit select markets worldwide, so US tech enthusiasts might only see the 32/64 GB duo up for sale.

There aren’t many new things to report about the Excite 13 based on the FCC stop that the tablet recently made, but it’s now almost sure that the gadget will go up for sale at the beginning of June (June 10, to be more exact).

Other than that, things stand as they did a few weeks ago. In other words, the Excite 13 is still expected to cause quite a stir in the technology world. And how could it not, when it’s set to come with a 13.3-inch IPS display with 1600 x 900 pixels resolution, as well as a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor under the hood, Android 4.0 ICS outside of the box, four SRS speakers, a monstrous battery with 13 hours of expected autonomy, and a full set of ports.

The main complaint prospective buyers might have about the Excite 13 concerns its rather bulky figure (the 13-incher will weigh no less than 3.52 pounds). As far as pricing goes, the tablet will be anything but affordable, with the 32 GB model set to cost $649.99, while the 64 GB version will go for as much as $749.99. On the other hand, you’ll get what you pay for, as Toshiba’s slate is really a one of a kind gadget these days.

So, how about it? Are you glad to find out that the Excite 13 is getting close to its debut? Have you already started saving money to get Toshiba’s new “beast”? Or, are you just not sold by the idea of a tablet that is so bulky?