Toshiba details Excite Tablets, a new line built to compete starting at $299
Earlier this wek Toshiba’s Digital Products Division introduced three new devices in the Excite family of Android tablets. The new models come with some impressive standard features, as well as some very competitive specs.
The new models are the Excite Pro, Excite Write and Excite Pure. The line features a (2560 x 1600 PixelPure display), the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and premium Harman Kardon speakers. The Excite Write also comes equipped with a touchscreen digitizer for precision pen and handwriting. All three models are powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
“With more and more consumers adopting tablets as their go-to devices for entertainment and travel, we wanted to push the boundaries even further and equip our new Excite tablets with the technology and features needed to maximize the potential of these devices,” said Carl Pinto , vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “By focusing on boosting the capabilities of the screen – from increasing the resolution to adding a digitizer option – we’re also evolving the way consumers can use these devices from consumption to creation.”
According to Toshiba, the Excite Pro and Excite Write models are the first Toshiba tablets to feature a 2560 x 1600 native screen resolution, “currently the highest in the tablet market.” This allows 4 million pixels (300 pixels per inch) for your images, video and text on the 10.1-inch PixelPure display. As we mentioned earlier, the Excite Pro and Write models “utilize Harman Kardon stereo speakers, making them the first tablets to feature speakers from a premium audio brand”. These tablets are enhanced with “DTS Premium Voice Pro audio processing technology”.
The TruPen offers 1024 pressure points, the Excite Write “delivers greater productivity possibilities by bringing a ‘pen and paper’ experience to the tablet screen” according to Toshiba’s announcement. All three Excite models are equipped with the processing power of NVIDIA Tegra. Pro and Write models are among the first to feature the NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor and come equipped with an 8MP F2.2 camera. The Excite Pure offers the NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor.
“NVIDIA Tegra processors bring an unmatched multimedia experience to the new Excite tablets from Toshiba, one of the world’s most popular computing brands,” said Matt Wuebbling , director of product marketing for the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “With Tegra, the Excite family features incredibly fast web browsing and new productivity and creativity tools that professionals and consumers will both enjoy.”
Toshiba now offers a protective 2-in-1 keyboard cover that fits all the new Excite tablets. Featuring a raised tile Bluetooth keyboard and magnetized notch that allows the tablet to easily prop up the tablet screen, the keyboard delivers a convenient way to maximize the capabilities of the tablet at home or on the go.
Models, Pricing and Availability
Excite Pure pricing starts at $299.99 MSRP. Key specs include a 10.1-inch AutoBrite™ display (1280 x 800), NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor, Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, 1GB DDR3 memory, 16GB internal storage, a 3MP rear camera, stereo speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro, and built-in Micro HDMI®, Micro USB ports and a Micro SD slot.
Excite Pro is priced at $499.99 MSRP. Key specs include a 10.1-inch PixelPure display (2560 x 1600), NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, 2GB DDR3, 32GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera, Harman Kardon stereo speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro, and built-in Micro HDMI, Micro USB ports and a Micro SD slot.
Excite Write is priced at $599.99 MSRP. Key specs include a 10.1-inch PixelPure digitizer display (2560 x 1600) featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 2, pressure sensitive Toshiba TruPen and TruNote application, NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, 2GB DDR3 memory, 32GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera, Harman Kardon stereo speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro, and built-in Micro HDMI, Micro USB ports and a Micro SD slot.
All three tablet models will be available beginning on June 25, 2013 and can be purchased directly from Toshiba or from major retailers and e-tailers nationwide beginning in early July.
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