Toshiba announces the 13.3-inch Excite 13 tablet along with 10.1 and 7.7-inch variants

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.

The Excite 10 (pictured below) comes with a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) AutoBrite Backlit LED display. It will feature stereo speakers, full size SD card slot, micro USB, micro HDMI, and 10 hours of battery life. It won’t be as thin as the Excite 10 LE as it comes in at 8.89mm. It will weigh in at 1.32 pounds or about 598 grams. It will be available in May and pricing will be $449.99 for the 16GB model, $529.99 for the 32GB model and $649.99 for the 64GB model

The Excite 7.7 (pictured below) comes with a 7.7-inch (1280 x 800) AMOLED display. It will feature stereo speakers, micro SD, micro USB, and micro HDMI. If you like thin, than you will be happy to know it’s only 7.62mm thick and weighs only 13.4 ounces or 380 grams. It will be available at the beginning of June and priced at $499.99 for the 16GB model and $579.99 for the 32GB model. Surprisingly, the Excite 7.7 will have a better display than the bigger siblings, which is why it costs $50 more than the Excite 10.

Full press release:


Toshiba Introduces Three New Android-powered Tablets, Giving Consumers More Choice

IRVINE, Calif. — Apr. 10, 2012 — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the expansion of its Excite™ family of Android™-powered tablets with three new display sizes – 13.3-inch, 10.1-inch and 7.7-inch. The new Excite tablets boast thin-and-light designs, brilliant displays, quad-core performance as well as a full range of essential ports and smart features.

“One size does not fit all, so we are carefully considering how and where people are using tablets and designing form factors to best suit various needs,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.

“With amazingly thin and light designs, our new Excite family of tablets continues to incorporate what consumers have come to love about Toshiba tablets: essential ports for a more complete tablet computing experience plus durability that ensures they can go the distance.”

Powered to Perform, Built to Last and Designed to Excite

The three new tablets – Excite 10, Excite 13 and Excite 7.7 – feature elegant and sturdy aluminum shells and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass displays, making them not only stylish, but also durable. Powered by Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, which builds on the things people love most about Android – the tablets offer a simplified UI, easy multitasking, customizable home screens, resizable widgets and a full suite of familiar Google™ mobile services applications – as well as powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.

From scrolling and swiping the web, to the fast action of the latest games, the Excite tablets’ all-new NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 processorsi deliver amazing multitasking, web, gaming and video. This innovative mobile processor features the world’s only 4-PLUS-1™ mobile quad-core CPU, providing users outstanding performance for even the most demanding applications. Apps run faster, games are played at console-quality, HD video is smoother, plus it features a unique 5th battery-saver core to handle everyday apps – extending battery lifeii.

Each tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera on the back, along with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for convenient photography, video capture and chat. The tablets also include stereo speakers with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS® Labs, as well as Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity.

Excite 10: Smart, Speedy, Durable

An all-around tablet designed for home and away, the Excite 10 tablet delivers an exceptional visual experience, featuring a bright, high definition 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ LED Backlit display with 1280×800 resolution and 10-finger multi-touch support, making it an ideal choice for web browsing, reading, games and apps. Measuring just 0.35 inches thin and weighing just 1.32 poundsiii, the Excite 10 tablet is extremely portable and delivers up to 10 hours of battery lifeiv and seven days of stand-by.

Delivering more performance than previous generation tablets, the Excite 10 tablet is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 processor with GeForce graphicsv and 1GB of RAMvi, opening up new possibilities for everyday multi-purpose use and next generation mobile games. Built to do more than the average tablet, users can enjoy easy syncing and sharing between all of their favorite devices, with a selection of built-in ports, including Micro USB, Micro HDMI® and a full-size SD card slot.

Excite 13: More Screen for More of Everything 

Delivering more screen real estate than any other tablet on the market, the Excite 13 tablet offers a big, bright, higher resolution display, while delivering more room for everything else – from sharing photos and web browsing to playing games and watching movies with a group. Ideally suited for the home, from growing families to empty nesters, the Excite 13 tablet is only 0.4 inches thin and weighs 2.2 poundsvii, so it is still easy to carry.

With a 13.3-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ LED Backlit display with 10-finger touch support, the tablet boasts a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and 1600×900 native resolution, perfect for watching HD movies and videos. A four-speaker sound system with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs delivers amazing audio and an included tablet stand makes it easy to prop up on a table, kitchen countertop or coffee table to share videos with friends and family.

Not only great for movies, the Excite 13 tablet can power through the latest games and multitask with ease. Powered by the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra™ 3 mobile processor with GeForce graphics and 1GB of memory, the large display tablet offers smooth, console-quality gaming plus the performance for high definition entertainment. Extremely power efficient, the Excite 13 tablet is targeted to deliver up to 13 hours of battery lifeviii and seven days of stand-by. The Excite 13 tablet includes Micro USB, Micro HDMI® ports and a full-size SD card slot for syncing and sharing content.

Excite 7.7: A Brilliant AMOLED Display

Toshiba’s first tablet to feature an AMOLED display, the Excite 7.7 tablet is ideal for consumers on the go and is perfect for the mobile gamer and movie lover alike. The tablet’s brilliant 7.7-inch diagonal display brings games, movies, books and photos to life like never before with rich colors, deep contrast and amazing sharpness. Extremely thin at just 0.3 inches and light at only 13.4 ounces, Excite 7.7 fits easily into a bag or jacket.

Exceptionally powerful and able to tackle the latest games and HD content, the Excite 7.7 tablet is powered by a quad-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 processor with GeForce graphics and 1GB of memory. The tablet includes a Micro USB port and a Micro SD card slot for syncing and sharing content.

The Convenience of Android and Exclusive Toshiba Apps

The new Excite tablets include a full suite of familiar Google™ Mobile Service applications, including Google Play™, YouTube™, Gmail™ and Google Maps™. Additionally, the tablets come pre-loaded with a useful mix of Toshiba software and third-party applications, including TOSHIBA Book Place, which offers more than 3 million e-books, the TOSHIBA Media Player that supports content sharing, TOSHIBA File Manager, as well as Netflix™ and Zinio™, the ultimate app for magazine lovers and more.

Pricing and Availability

The Excite 10 tablet will be available for purchase at the beginning of May 2012 for $449.99 MSRPix for the 16GB model, $529.99 MSRP for the 32GB model and $649.99 MSRP for the 64GB model.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.