Toshiba plans on bringing Project Ara to wearables

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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.

source: Engadget

Toshiba Chromebook now available for $299, some retailers for $279

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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!

Source: Toshiba, Amazon

Hands on with Toshiba’s entry-level Excite 7 tablet

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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 announces dual 5MP sensor camera module for smartphones, packs dedicated processing chip

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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.

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Dual 5MP camera unit announced by Toshiba, will allow for stereo-3D shots for both smartphones and tablets

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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 Excite 7 announced, available starting today for $170

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toshiba_excite_7Toshiba 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 introduces the first dual camera module for smartphones and tablets

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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.

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Trio of Toshiba Excite tablets, some running on NVIDIA Tegra 4 chips, now available

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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

Entry level Toshiba tablet shows up in benchmarks

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A new Toshiba tablet has popped up in benchmarks recently, and while it isn’t a high-spec’ed tablet, it could definitely make some waves in the 7-inch category. The benchmarks show the tablet sporting a mediocre 1024 x 600 resolution screen powered by a 1.6 GHz processor with an undisclosed amount of cores and a Mali-400 GPU. It’s going to be a 7-inch tablet, so uber-high resolutions aren’t necessarily a given, but it looks like Toshiba has put just enough processing power to make that type of screen work. It’s going to be running Android 4.2.2 out of the box, but no word on if that will be stock Android or a skinned version.

AnTuTu benchmarks give the device a score of 17,639, which is respectable for an entry level device. If Toshiba can price this right, they might just have a hit on their hands, especially as we get closer to the holiday season. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as anything else becomes official.

source: Android Authority

Toshiba refreshes Excite lineup of tablets with three new models

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If you’ve been waiting on the wave of new tablets for 2013, your wait is almost over. Toshiba has announced today three new models of their Excite lineup, called the Excite Pure, Excite Pro, and Excite Write, with each tablet nicely covering a different price point for consumers.

The Excite Pure isn’t the most exciting tablet that’s going to hit the market this year; it’s using a slightly outdated Tegra 3 processor with 1 GB of RAM and a 1280 x 800 10.1 inch screen. However, it is running Android 4.2 out of the box, and it’ll only cost you $299. The Excite Pure sounds like a decent tablet at an extremely friendly price, especially for a 10-inch tablet. » Read the rest