Toshiba announced a trio of new tablet devices including a new 7-inch Android tablet. The Toshiba Excite Go does come with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, so buyers will get a good modern version of Android even if the hardware is a bit behind the curve. Onboard storage is only 16GB, but Toshiba has provided a microSD slot that can handle up to 128GB of additional storage space. The other area that might be of some concern to buyers is the screen which is only running at 1024 x 600 resolution. » Read the rest
With Project Ara getting closer to its supposed release in 2015, many are wondering who will supply the parts for the devices. It turns out that the maker of processors for the device will be Toshiba, which is surprising considering the saturation of the market by the like of Qualcomm, MediaTek and Intel.
Toshiba will be providing three different processors for Google, for modules and for the phone itself. Reportedly, the partnership between the two companies started back in October 2013, resulting in the creation of chips that can “accurately control the flow of data and electrical signals between the modules and the phone itself.”
So far we have only heard of Project Ara smartphones, but couldn’t the concept also apply to wearables? According to Toshiba Senior VP and Technology Executive, Shardul Kazi, the answer is yes.
While at the Ara Developer Conference, Kazi showed the above slide that represents a module being removed from the phone and inserted into a smartwatch. At this point in the game, this is just a concept and not in development. Assuming consumers adopt this “module” way of thinking, you can clearly see that it’s inevitable that Project Ara could be used for so many other things, including wearables.
The latest Chrome OS laptop to go on sale is the Toshiba Chromebook. Announced back in September, it is available through Toshiba’s online store or through some retailers including Amazon. If you choose to go with Toshiba’s online store, this Chromebook will set you back $299.99; however, Amazon is carrying it for $279.99. Inside is Intel’s Celeron Processor 2955U (Haswell). There are two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. On the device’s page, Toshiba claims you can get up to nine hours of battery life. Not too bad, right?
Hit the source link if you are interested in picking one up. Remember, Amazon is selling it for $20 less!
Toshiba’s latest stab at the budget tablet market is the Excite 7, a 7 inch tablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The biggest selling point of the Excite is its $99 price tag, which means you’re definitely getting $99 specs. It’s powered by a dual-core Rockchip CPU and 1 GB of RAM with a 1024 x 600 screen. The Excite has 8 GB of onboard memory, plus a microSD card slot. They’re not screaming specs, but the device runs relatively stock Android, so it’s not having to chug through unnecessary bloatware.
At first glance, the device really seems like it performs well for the price range and specs it has, which is always a good sign. You can watch our hands video past the break, and be sure to keep up with the rest of our CES coverage. » Read the rest
Toshiba is set to launch a brand new camera module with unique hardware which will refocus all of the photos you take on your smartphone. Known as the TCM9518MD, the module packs dual 5MP sensors and a separate processing chip which will capture all image and depth data in a picture. With this new technology, Toshiba says that consumers will soon be able to take pictures that are not currently possible with normal lenses.
The TCM9518MD is currently being shipped to phone manufacturers right now for testing, and the module should hit the market in devices within the next year (perhaps in the HTC One+).
Hit the break for the full press release, and remember to check out the rest of our CES 2014 coverage.
Toshiba is making waves in the smartphone camera industry, as the manufacturer just announced a dual-5MP camera module which generate a 13MP image through upscaling. With this development, the camera can be thinner than current 13MP cameras. Smartphones will be able to be made thinner as a result as well.
The dual camera unit also comes with a companion chip which will allow for the simultaneous recording of both image and depth information. The depth data will be applied to objects captured in the image— the result will be somewhat of a stereo-3D image.
While Toshiba hasn’t announced any particular release date on the module, it’ll be interesting to see what comes of it and how smartphone manufacturers will adapt to the new camera technology.
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Toshiba has unveiled a new tablet that will put them back into the 7-inch market. The Excite 7 joins Toshiba’s Excite Pure, Excite Pro and Excite Write as their smaller sibling. Weighing in at 12.4 ounces, the Excite 7 packs a quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 0.3MP front facing camera, and 3MP rear camera while Android 4.2.2 runs the show. Toshiba touts enhanced stereo speakers, 12 hours of general use / 7.5 hours of video playback, and microSD support. Toshiba’s Excite 7 is priced at $169.99 and is available today through Amazon and Toshiba’s website. But be aware that Toshiba has not made the device’s storage known just yet.
Toshiba just announced a new dual camera module for smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices. It uses two 1/4 inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS camera modules that will simultaneously output recorded images and depth data. This means that after the image is captured, the module can change the depth of field and point of focus. Basically, it will refocus the shot after the fact, thus giving your a sharper picture.
Unfortunately, you probably won’t see this module on a mobile device until the later part of next year. Toshiba plans to have samples available this January 2014, followed by mass production in April 2014. Hit the break for the full presser.
If you are one of the people who has been waiting for Toshiba to officially release the latest iteration of their Excite tablet devices, today is a good day for you as they are officially available for purchase. Toshiba released the three 10.1-inch class devices at three different price points, so one of them should fit the requirements of most buyers. The devices include the Excite Pure, the Excite Pro and the Excite Write and are available through Toshiba direct or major retailers like Amazon.com or Best Buy. » Read the rest