Some good news for owners of Toshiba Excite 7.7 devices appeared today as an update started rolling out to take the device up to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. With 2012 winding down, Toshiba Excite owners will be able to experience the latest version of the Android operating system. Early reports indicate Toshiba implemented the hybrid UI for a better experience on smaller tablet devices. The update is 348MB in size, so Toshiba Excite owners need to give it a few minutes to download.
source: Android Police
The world of Android tablets gets bigger and bigger each day, and so far no one has stood out in the crowd. Toshiba has been a solid player in the laptop/notebook side, and they would really like to kick things into gear with tablets. Last year’s Thrive line didn’t impress much and this year, they’re hoping people will be excited (no pun intended) for the Excite line. There newest models are available now and include the Excite 10, Excite 7.7, and Excite 13. They are all very similar tabs other than the screen size, but the Excite 7.7 is the only one with a Super AMOLED display. Because of that it’s actually priced higher than the Excite 10, and considerably higher than competing 7-inch tabs. It does pack a lot under the hood, but should you consider it? Hit the break to find out, but you can also check out my initial hands on video here.
Toshiba is upping the anti for tablets in 2012 after the lack of success from the Thrive lineup. These newer versions are thinner, sport a better design, and feature more horsepower. We recently reviewed the Excite 10 LE, which didn’t quite impress us, but Toshiba has three newer tabs from Excite line: the Excite 7.7, Excite 10, and Excite 13. All three tabs sport the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers enhanced by Toshiba and SRS Technologies, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. All three look gorgeous and feels great in the hand thanks to the textured aluminum body.
The biggest difference with the three models is the display size. I’m reviewing the 7.7, which sports, you guess it, a 7.7-inch display. This version is the only one with a AMOLED display and it’s resolution is at 1280 x 800. They did include a microSD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage, a microUSB port, and Toshiba’s proprietary connector slot for charging and connecting to optional docks.
Toshiba is looking to make a splash this year with some exciting (pardon the pun) tablets. After last year’s Thrive series, they can only go up. This years offerings offer higher quality aluminum construction with some beefier specs like the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. All 3 tabs also include a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and Ice Cream Sandwich. For more detailed specs on each tab, checkout out announcement post. Toshiba brought all three to CTIA to show off, and so far I’m really impressed at what I saw. The Excite 10 is already available now and the Excite 7.7 and Excite 13 (pictured above) will be available in June. Hit the break to see all three in action.
Toshiba just announced three new tablets that will be available in May and June. Last year Toshiba marketed their tablets under the Thrive name and offered both 10-inch and 7-inch models. For 2012, all tablets will be under the Excite name. We’ve already seen the super thin Excite 10 LE released a little over a month ago, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Toshiba just unveiled the Excite 7.7 (AT175), Excite 10 (AT305), and the Excite 13 (AT335). All three tabs will come with a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It should also be noted that these will be primarily stock ICS devices with the exception of a file manager app and media player. Toshiba feels that users want stock and they are going to give it to them.
The Excite 13 (pictured above) comes with a 13.3-inch (1600 x 900) AutoBrite Backlit LED display, and yes, this is the same tablet we showed you a couple of weeks ago. It will also have a four speaker sound system, full size SD card slot, micro USB, micro HDMI, and 13 hours of battery life. It will be a little over 10mm thick and weigh about 2.2 pounds or 997 grams. This tablet is going to be great for presentations and sharing so Toshiba is including a stand (not attached) to go along with it. If you’re wondering about the TV tuner that was shown in the video from last month, it won’t be available in the U.S., but Toshiba does plan on offering it in certain markets. The Excite 13 will be available at the beginning of June and priced at $649.99 for the 32GB model and $749.99 for the 64GB model.