The Toshiba Excite 13 is an Android tablet with a screen so large you might think you’re looking at a laptop display. The tablet features a 13.3 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel display.
Toshiba plans to start selling the tablet in the US in June for $650 and up. Today it passed through the FCC website on its way to store shelves.
The tablet features an NVIIA Tegra 3 quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of storage. It runs Google Android 4.0 and features 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
While Toshiba has only announced plans to sell a 32GB model (for $649.99) and 64GB model (for $749.99), FCC documents show that there could be a 16GB version as well.
It’s not clear if that cheaper model will be available in the US though.
The Toshiba Excite 13 measures about 0.4 inches thick, which makes it a reasonably slim tablet. But it weighs about 2.2 pounds, making it one of the heaviest Android tablets around. There’s probably not much way to avoid the extra weight when dealing with a screen that big.
Toshiba’s tablet also features full-sized USB ports, an HDMI port, and a full-sized SD card slot.
Full size USB? When did that change? The model they demoed earlier had a micro-AB port, nothing more.
This would have a better fate if it was an x86 Windows tablet. And if it came with a snap-on keyboard like the Asus Transformer Prime/Pad. A 1920 x 1080 screen would also help.
This device is a bigger version of the Thrive, Toshiba’s first 10.1″ Android tablet. This and the Thrive are niche products, since they are heavier and bulkier than what end users are used to. Toshiba went against the thin/light grain and designed them as scaled-down PCs.
Long time PC users like the Thrive due to its standard size ports (HDMI, USB) and bonus micro USB port. The USB port has USB host capability, and you can find YouTube videos of people attaching a USB devices (hub, keyboard, mouse, all at the same time), even a USB gamepad, and they all work. There are no unsightly dongles to carry around or lose.
Icing on the cake is the standard size SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (capable of handling up to 128 GB SDXC card, 4 times the storage capability of other tablets). On this capability alone, the Thrive is likely to be around a lot longer as a media player than many other tablets.
I have a Thrive and an iPad 2, and appreciate the Thrive’s versatility.
I can’t wait for a Win 7 version of the Excite 13 to come out. If it has decent specs and its prices match the Excite’s 13, I’d get one.
I agree. The trouble with X86 is it seems all the existing chip designs require more cooling headroom than these ultra thin form factors allow. Whenever they try they have to cram a noisy fan in there and it still runs too hot.
I think we’ll get there soon. Not quite there yet.
There lies the problem. x86 tablets are either bulky, heavy, and short battery life because they need the fan, or excessively expensive with the specialized chips. This $630 arm tablet suddenly turns $1000+, the same price you could have paid for an ultrabook.
Yes, but we’ll see if that remains true next year when they finish updating the ATOM to 22nm and changing the architecture in a major way for the first time.
They’ve already adopted many of the design paradigms that ARM has been using. Such as turning the chipset into a SoC and the Medfield actually managed to be as low power consuming as most existing ARM devices, and
will be coming out in an actual Smart Phone.
Clover Trail, will up this a bit in time for Windows 8 tablets and then we’ll see what happens next year.
Mind that part of the higher power consumption was because of the software. Desktop OS aren’t as efficient as mobile OS and are harder to run, along with the apps.
However, Windows 8 is bringing in better power efficiency. So that should help…
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