Toshiba prices up 13in monster tablet
Fresh 7- and 10-inchers too
Toshiba will out its 13.3in, 1600 x 900 monster Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet in the US this coming June.
It'll have new 7.7in and 10.1in fondleslabs out then too.
All three will be part of its Excite range over there - Europeans have to make do with more prosaic model numbers instead.
The 998g, 10mm-thick Excite 13 has an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip on board, plus 1GB of Ram and a choice of 32GB and 64GB of Flash storage, priced at $650 (£411) and $750 (£474), respectively. Those Sterling equivalent figures are sans sales tax.
That also buys you a full-size SD slot, micro HDMI and micro USB portage.
The Excite 7.7 looks like a scaled down version, as does the Excite 10.1. They too have Tegra 3s on board and 1GB of memory, plus 16, 32 and 63GB storage options. Both have 1280 x 800 panels and run Android 4.
The 32GB model is $530 (£335), and the 64GB model will go for $650. The 7.7 is pricier: the 16GB version is $500 (£316), the 32GB-er $580 (£366). That's because it has an OLED screen. ®
Weight - huge - flawed.
Screen res - meh not great for size.
Use cases - any?
Battery life - unknown.
poor 13" screen format/resolution once more - will they never learn?
Excite 13 resolution of 13.3in, 1600 x 900. 138dpi is too pixelated for 2012 expectations except at extreme budget end of market. What is it about tablet viewing distance that Toshiba and others don't get?
I'd expect 1080p minimum on a 13" 16:9 like this. 16:10 would be a better choice for widescreen tablet though.
Huge, but underpowered
13" is going to be way too big for most people. And it has a moderately high-res screen coupled with a tegra 3 - well known for having plenty of CPU power but a wimpy GPU. Wimpy GPU + big screen = welcome to jerkville.
Prices aren't exactly great either. The iPad 2 is similarly powerful and has a much better software library for less money, and the iPad 3 is only a little more (or maybe not with UK pricing - assuming they're US prices).
...waiting on a 27" tablet myself. Don't need any of these "toys" with smaller screens. Waste of time.
Re: poor 13" screen format/resolution once more - will they never learn?
Viewing distance? It's obviously for people with "far longer arms, but who are quite incapable of drinking coffee", or something.