Toshiba Super Sizes New Android Tablet Line with 13-inch Model

Paul Lilly

Does the world need or want a 13-inch Android tablet? We're about to find out. Toshiba this week announced the expansion of its Excite line of Android tablets, of which there will be three new display sizes. Two of them are fairly traditional -- 10.1 inches and 7.7 inches -- but the monster sized 13-inch variant is the one everyone is talking about. When it debuts this summer, it will be the largest Android tablet to date.

"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."

Size shenanigans aside, all three tablets storm into the scene with sturdy aluminum shells and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass displays. Nvidia's Tegra 3 '4-Plus-1' processor and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) team up to form the hardware and software foundation, along with a 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers with sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1GB of RAM, and robust connectivity options that include micro USB port and micro HDMI ports and a full sized SD card slot (the 7.7-inch model doesn't have a micro HDMI slot).

The 13-inch Excite will feature a 1600x900 native resolution, while the 10.1-inch boasts a 1280x800 resolution. Toshiba didn't reveal what resolution the 7.7-inch model will run.

Pricing and release dates breaks down as follows:

  • Excite 13: Beginning of June for $650 (32GB) and $750 (64GB)
  • Excite 10: Beginning of May for $450 (16GB), $530 (32GB), and $650 (64GB)
  • Excite 7.7: Beginning of June for $500 (16GB) and $580 (32GB)

It will be interesting to see how consumers react to these new models. At a glance, it appears Toshiba is pricing the Excite out of contention -- all too common when it comes to Android tablets -- but will the thrill of a 13-inch display sway users into spending more? We'll find out come June.

Image Credit: Toshiba

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