This summer Toshiba is launching a whole bunch of new tablets and convertibles including a $110 Android tablet, one of the first Windows tablets to sell for under $200, and a 15.6 inch laptop that becomes a big tablet when you fold back the screen 360 degrees.
Toshiba says all of these new devices should be available in the US in late June or early July, and after introducing the tablets at Computex in Taiwan, the company is starting to show them off in the States.
Toshiba Excite Go
The cheapest of Toshiba’s new tablets is the Excite go. It’s a 7 inch tablet with an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay trail processor and Android 4.4 KitKat software. The most notable thing about this tablet is its low price: while there are cheaper Android tablets available, this is just about the lowest price we’ve seen from a big name brand.
Unfortunately there’s a reason it’s so cheap. The tablet has a 1024 x 600 pixel display, and poor viewing angles. On the other hand, it offers up to 8 hours of battery life, has a microSDXC card slot for up to 128GB of removable storage, and features 16GB of built-in storage. I’ve definitely seen worse specs for low-end tablets.
Toshiba Encore 2
I’m more impressed with Toshiba Encore 2 8 inch tablet, which has a starting price of $199, a 1280 x 800 pixel display with decent viewing angles, an Atom Z3735F processor, and the full Windows 8.1 operating system.
While it’s not the fastest Windows tablet available, it has a decent screen, comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, allowing you to get some work done on the go, offers up to 10 hours of battery life, and generally doesn’t feel that much different from the 8 inch Windows tablets that launched in 2013 for $300 and up.
Toshiba also offers a 10 inch model with the same 1280 x 800 pixel screen resolution, but the larger model has a micro HDMI port, which the 8 inch tablet does not.
Toshiba Satellite Click 2 and Click 2 Pro
Last year Toshiba introduced a 2-in-1 tablet called the Satellite Click which became a laptop when you attached a keyboard dock. It had a decent design, but a relatively slow AMD processor.
This year the company is offering two new models, the Click 2 and Click 2 Pro. The Pro model has the guts of a premium ultrabook with a detachable screen section, including a Core i Haswell processor, solid state drive, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and Harman Kardon speakers. It’s also rather svelte and has an aluminum case.
That model has a starting price of $1029.
If that’s a bit to steep for you, there’s also a $587 model with a Pentium processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, a thicker plastic case, and a different hinge design. It’s a lot less impressive… but it’s also just over half the price.
Toshiba’s 15.6 inch Radius notebook weighs 4.9 pounds which makes it a bit heavy by tablet standards… but you can use it as a tablet anyway. Just flip the full HD touchscreen back until it’s opposite the keyboard and you’ve got an enormous tablet.
You can also stand up the machine like a tent or flip the screen about 270 degrees so it’s facing away from the keyboard and set it up for watching movies while the keyboard is tucked out of view.
The Radius should be available in July for $926 and features an Intel Core i5 or faster Haswell processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, a backlit keyboard, 802.11ac WiFi, 3 USB 3.0 ports, and support for 4K video output.