It always seemed the whole point of buying a tablet computer was to have an Internet-connected device that was less bulky than a laptop but easier to use than a smartphone. That appeared to be the reason why the Apple iPad became the must-have device of tech consumers this past year.
Well, throw common sense out the window, because here’s Toshiba with a tablet that’s as big as most laptop computers.
Recently, Toshiba unveiled a total of three tablet computers at varying display sizes: 7.7-inch, 10.1-inch, and a huge 13.3-inch. Toshiba is calling the new tablet line “Excite,” and all three will run on the Android 4.0 platform.
First off, the specifications: all three devices share the Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 chip, 1GB RAM memory, 5-megapixel front-facing and 2-megapixel rear-facing cameras, WiFi and Bluetooth support, and stereo speakers.
All three also come encased in Corning’s popular Gorilla Glass, which makes for a lush, attractive display.
There are a few differences between the models, aside from their display sizes. The bigger Excite 13 and Excite 10 get SD card slots, while the smaller Excite 7.7 gets microSD.
Resolutions are also distinct, with the Excite 13 getting an Autobrite backlit LED display with 1600 x 900 pixels. It also boasts support for 10-finger touch input. Meanwhile, Excite 10 gets the same LED screen but resolutions of just 1280 x 800, while the Excite 7.7 is being downgraded to an AMOLED display (and Toshiba failed to release its precise display resolution).
The Excite 13 and Excite 10 also offer 32GB and 64GB hard drives, while the Excite 7.7 comes with 16GB and 32GB storage options.
Finally, there are some very different prices for each model; Toshiba expects the Exite 13 to retail for $650-$750, the Excite 10 for $530-$650, and the Excite 7.7 for $500 to $580.
So, what’s up with the massive 13.3-inch display?
Said Toshiba: “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.”
All three Toshiba tablets should be available by the summer.