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Toshiba to Begin Launch of Excite Tablets in May, 13″ Monster-Tab Coming This June

Back in January at CES, we rolled by the Toshiba booth and caught a glimpse at their upcoming super portable 13″ television. The folks working the booth informed us that it was actually a tablet and not a TV and would in fact, be making its debut this year. We were shocked, confused, a little worried, and then proceeded to snap pictures and find out more info on it. 

Today, Toshiba has officially announced the Excite line of slates and have also given their exact release dates for the US. On May 6, the 10″ variant will be available starting at $450, followed by the 7.7″ (32GB model for $500) and 13″ ($650 for 32GB model) tablets on June 10.

All three versions of the tablet will sport NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, so for those of you into mobile gaming, these should be right up your alley. The original Toshiba Thrive harnessed the functionality of having a built in USB port and HDMI out, but those have been scrapped to help keep their bodies super thin. They are powerful tablets, but at those prices, it’s hard to get too excited.


Toshiba Introduces Three New Android-powered Tablets, Giving Consumers More Choice
IRVINE, Calif. – Apr. 10, 2012 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the expansion of its Excite™ family of Android™-powered tablets with three new display sizes – 13.3-inch, 10.1-inch and 7.7-inch. The new Excite tablets boast thin-and-light designs, brilliant displays, quad-core performance as well as a full range of essential ports and smart features.

“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.”

Powered to Perform, Built to Last and Designed to Excite
The three new tablets – Excite 10, Excite 13 and Excite 7.7 – feature elegant and sturdy aluminum shells and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass displays, making them not only stylish, but also durable. Powered by Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, which builds on the things people love most about Android – the tablets offer a simplified UI, easy multitasking, customizable home screens, resizable widgets and a full suite of familiar Google™ mobile services applications – as well as powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.
From scrolling and swiping the web, to the fast action of the latest games, the Excite tablets’ all-new NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 processorsi deliver amazing multitasking, web, gaming and video. This innovative mobile processor features the world’s only 4-PLUS-1™ mobile quad-core CPU, providing users outstanding performance for even the most demanding applications. Apps run faster, games are played at console-quality, HD video is smoother, plus it features a unique 5th battery-saver core to handle everyday apps – extending battery lifeii.

Each tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera on the back, along with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for convenient photography, video capture and chat. The tablets also include stereo speakers with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS® Labs, as well as Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity.

Excite 10: Smart, Speedy, Durable
An all-around tablet designed for home and away, the Excite 10 tablet delivers an exceptional visual experience, featuring a bright, high definition 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ LED Backlit display with 1280×800 resolution and 10-finger multi-touch support, making it an ideal choice for web browsing, reading, games and apps. Measuring just 0.35 inches thin and weighing just 1.32 poundsiii, the Excite 10 tablet is extremely portable and delivers up to 10 hours of battery lifeiv and seven days of stand-by.

Delivering more performance than previous generation tablets, the Excite 10 tablet is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 processorv with GeForce graphicsvi and 1GB of RAMvii, opening up new possibilities for everyday multi-purpose use and next generation mobile games. Built to do more than the average tablet, users can enjoy easy syncing and sharing between all of their favorite devices, with a selection of built-in ports, including Micro USB, Micro HDMI® and a full-size SD card slot.

Excite 13: More Screen for More of Everything
Delivering more screen real estate than any other tablet on the market, the Excite 13 tablet offers a big, bright, higher resolution display, while delivering more room for everything else – from sharing photos and web browsing to playing games and watching movies with a group. Ideally suited for the home, from growing families to empty nesters, the Excite 13 tablet is only 0.4 inches thin and weighs 2.2 poundsviii, so it is still easy to carry.

With a 13.3-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ LED Backlit display with 10-finger touch support, the tablet boasts a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and 1600×900 native resolution, perfect for watching HD movies and videos. A four-speaker sound system with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs delivers amazing audio and an included tablet stand makes it easy to prop up on a table, kitchen countertop or coffee table to share videos with friends and family.

Not only great for movies, the Excite 13 tablet can power through the latest games and multitask with ease. Powered by the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra™ 3 mobile processorix with GeForce graphicsx and 1GB of memoryxi, the large display tablet offers smooth, console-quality gaming plus the performance for high definition entertainment. Extremely power efficient, the Excite 13 tablet is targeted to deliver up to 13 hours of battery lifexii and seven days of stand-by. The Excite 13 tablet includes Micro USB, Micro HDMI® ports and a full-size SD card slot for syncing and sharing content.

Excite 7.7: A Brilliant AMOLED Display
Toshiba’s first tablet to feature an AMOLED display, the Excite 7.7 tablet is ideal for consumers on the go and is perfect for the mobile gamer and movie lover alike. The tablet’s brilliant 7.7-inch diagonal display brings games, movies, books and photos to life like never before with rich colors, deep contrast and amazing sharpness. Extremely thin at just 0.3 inches and light at only 13.4 ounces, Excite 7.7 fits easily into a bag or jacket.

Exceptionally powerful and able to tackle the latest games and HD content, the Excite 7.7 tablet is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 processor with GeForce graphicsxiii and 1GB of memoryxiv. The tablet includes a Micro USB port and a Micro SD card slot for syncing and sharing content.

The Convenience of Android and Exclusive Toshiba Apps
The new Excite tablets include a full suite of familiar Google™ Mobile Service applications, including Google Play™, YouTube™, Gmail™ and Google Maps™. Additionally, the tablets come pre-loaded with a useful mix of Toshiba software and third-party applications, including TOSHIBA Book Place, which offers more than 3 million e-books, the TOSHIBA Media Player that supports content sharing, TOSHIBA File Manager, as well as Netflix™ and Zinio™, the ultimate app for magazine lovers and more.

Pricing and Availability
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.

These tablets will be available at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com.

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  • cb2000a

    $500 for a seven inch tablet!!! No wonder they can’t sell their products….

  • jdrch

    1600×900 with the iPad’s Retina display on the market? Good luck with that.

  • WickedToby741

    They should just call the 13″ model “The Beast.”

  • PyroHoltz

    Great, a 13″ tablet…that nobody asked for?

    • bakdroid

      Just wait till Apple releases one…

    •  I disagree. I think in 16:9 format 10” is way too small. 13 would be nice.

    • John

      Yea, you’re wrong.  Not every tablet needs to be mobile.. some people just want a big screen to use on the couch.

      • PyroHoltz

         By definition, a device with a battery that doesn’t require the user to be tethered to a power source or any other stationary object is, mobile.

        But, maybe you just meant something that can be used around the house. Sure that’s fine, it just seems HUGE.

    • ocdtrekkie

      Honestly, I might consider buying one.

  • r0lct

    I wonder if the 13″ will come with a table leg instead of a kickstand

  • steve30x

    I still dont understand the need for tablets.. i mean i have a 4.5 inch screen android phone, i have a touchsmart pc, i have a laptop with actual ok battery life.. i just dont see where this falls..maybe its a gadget people get just because and not because they “need”..i played with the transformer prime, Iconia etc.. and the only thing i see is being able to play games on a bigger screen and well thats it.. i dont see myself paying half a grand just for that.. i get laptops are big and poor on battery but netbooks are smaller and windows 7 handles well with multi-tasking and pc related work..am i missing the reason why people buy a 10.1 tablet? Lets face it, at this fast pace of technology, phones will have better battery power and the normal screens will be 4.7 -5 inches soon so i just dont see the big deal with a tablet.

    • Dan

      Well, you have the right idea. Tablets aren’t really necessary at this point and time, except for being a portable device for gaming on a larger screen. Until tablets reach the functionality of Laptops or PCs they will continue to be just that. When they do become as functional or more, I predict tablets and phones will combine into one device. Phones will essentially become larger and will take the place of today’s tablets.

      • steve30x

        i agreer.. when i see tablets doing more than just “displaying a app on a bigger screen” i just might hold off till i see more functionality besides gaming.. these massive screens on these phones coming out is big enough for “extra real estate” and easily inserted into your pocket at that.. i forget if its lenovo or someone else thats trying to combine a cell phone and tablet into one thing.. which that makes more sense if you really think about it.. its almost like one product instead of two seperate products.. why manufacturers havent done this is beyond me.

        • Dan

          Yeah, its a great idea and I see corporations are starting to see a market in a phone that can serve as a tablet as well. Samsung for one has done remarkably well with the Samsung Galaxy Note that sports a 5.3″ screen and utilizes a stylus for more precise input. (Now it would come to Verzion that would be even better!) Granted its the one of the first of its kind, but it will become more common as the idea catches on. There will always be a resistance to newer forms, but the trend has been leading us to such an idea. Last year, 4.3″ was huge and now we have a phones pushing the envelope to 4.7″. Its only a matter of time before it levels off somewhere in the phablet category.

      • I agree that is why I like Microsoft’s approach at being a tablet and PC. They just need way more developers.

    • forpar

      Your crazy… I use my prime far more than I use my phone. It is far easier to do just about everything with the extra real estate.  That being said the app situation is rediculous.  How you can have millions of android tabs out there and only a handful of apps is beyond me (not one single sports app for tablets????????).  

      • steve30x

        yeah i bet a year from now more apps will be available im pretty sure since more companies are releasing more tablets like they are with phones every week it seems lol.

      • Matthew Merrick

        i have an a500 and i’ve never complained about the lack of tablet apps. standard android phone apps scale up to a 10″ screen just fine, 90% of the time. 
        i’ve seen iPads running iphone apps, its not pretty. but android is not like that AT ALL

    • Matthew Merrick

      i say the same thing to your two computers – who needs a laptop AND a desktop? they run the same exact OS. 

      Answer – they’re different products that have different usage scenarios and usually different hardware. 

  • Esmccarty09

    No thanks. Perfectly happy with my root unlocked overclocked TFP 🙂 best tablet around

  • Given that HTC, Motorola, and Samsung have decided to wreck their tablets with poorly customized UIs, the Excite models are basically the closest you get to a Nexus tablet right now.

    Shame about the Excite 7.7, though.  I tried it at Mobile World Congress, and it’s fun to hold… but $500?  You might as well slap a “just buy an iPad” sticker on the front as far as the general public’s concerned.  Unless you just have to have a stock Android 4 tablet under eight inches, it’s hard to justify the cost.

    • bakdroid

      Xoom has no custom UI……just sayn

  • Dan

     Eh, I guess I can wait 7 months for these to:

    1) Not sell at all.
    2) Pick up a refurbished model for half the price, which is probably what they should sell for in the first place.

    • BroRob


  • ChaosVoyager

    Yea Yea U also said the Galaxy S III would come out in April. Now that April has arrived with no Gaxalay S III in site. Nobody has a single thing to write. I must take more control of my life and quit wasting my time on the Cellular RUMOR Mill. 

    • 3 weeks left in April…

  • On May 6, the 10″ variant will be available starting at $450, followed
    by the 7.7″ (32GB model for $500) and 13″ ($650 for 32GB model) tablets
    on June 10.

    wait wut?  7.7″ costs more?

    • Dan

       I was wondering that too. lol The 7.7 should be around 250 to even compete.

      • Jason

        The 7.7 is the only one of the group with the AMOLED screen.  That sorta explains it, but $580 is a quick way to become irrelevant. 

        • Dan

          Good point. I just can’t see paying that for that tablet size, especially since its only a Wifi model. I could see it if it had a 3G/4G radio or something.

          • Noyfb

            I guess if they put the apple logo on the back people will buy it for that much

  • Towelie420

    This looks awesome… I hope its bone stock android. No bloat, no skin.
    I think I’m waiting for a tablet with these specs that is comparable in screen quality to the iPad. Let’s be honest, those retina displays kick ass.

    • I might be going to the dark side here but I actually like the new Windows 8 tablets. But if they cost anywhere near 1300,00 like the one they gave away, that is a major deal breaker.

  • Dan

    I would say pass as these are still way to pricey. I want my Nexus Tablet.

  • moelsen8

    i just don’t see the need for a 13-inch tablet.  i even think my xoom is too big sometimes at 10″.  but kudos to toshiba for choices, though, i guess.

    • MKader17

      Slap it into a keyboard dock and give it native Ubuntu and now you have a 13″ laptop!

  • RedPandaAlex

    Kind of surprised this is the first attempt to go beyond a 10.1 inch screen.

  • Nideda24
  • ShopDroid

    XYboard fans take note – go buy this.