Toshiba, Samsung Roll Out Android Wi-Fi Tablets
By Doug Olenick On Apr 23 2012 - 3:01am
NEW YORK –
Toshiba rolled out three
new tablets, including the industry’s first
13.3-inch tablet, while Samsung Mobile
launched two Galaxy Tab 2 tablets and
two Galaxy Player portable media players
All are Android-based devices incorporating
Wi-Fi but no cellular.
With the launch of its three tablets,
Toshiba is retiring the Thrive sub-brand
in favor of the Excite sub-brand.
Toshiba is positioning its 13.3-inch
Excite 13 as a carry-about home mediaconsumption
device that people can
easily share, said Young Bae, Toshiba’s
product marketing manager.
13 ships in June at suggested retails of
$649 for the 32GB model and $749 for
the 64GB version.
The Excite 13 features Android 4.0,
Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with GeForce
graphics, 1GB of RAM, 1,600 by 900
LED-backlit display, MicroUSB and MicroHDMI
ports, a full-size SD card slot
and a four-speaker system with SRS
The Excite 13 weighs 2.2 pounds and
is 0.4 inches thick. Battery life is expected
to be about 13 hours.
Toshiba also introduced the Excite 10
and Excite 7.7.
The 10.1-inch Excite 10 will come in
16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions with
prices of $449, $529 and $649, respectively.
The Excite 10 features an Autobrite
LED-backlit display and offers the same
CPU, graphics processors, ports and
external card slots as the Excite 13 but
is 0.35 inches thick and weighs 1.32
Toshiba’s Excite 7.7 comes with the
same processor and feature set as its
larger companions but features a smaller
7.7-inch screen. It will be available in
a 16GB version for $499 and 32GB for
$579. It has an AMOLED display.
For its part, Samsung Mobile introduced
the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0
tablets and the Galaxy Player 4.2 and
The Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 feature 10.1-
and 7-inch displays, respectively. The
10.1 will be available for pre-order starting
May 4 and will be in stores on May
13 at a suggested $399. The 7.0 is
shipping at $249.
“We priced them aggressively in the
market to make them as accessible as
possible,” said Travis Merrill, Samsung’s
marketing director for Galaxy products.
The Tabs ship with Android 4.0,
1GHz dual-core processor, front and
rear cameras, MicroSD slot and a builtin
The 10.1 features 16GB of memory,
front-facing speakers and HDMI compatibility.
The 7.0 comes with 8GB of
Since tablets are frequently used by
consumers while watching TV, the new
Tabs can also be used as a remote control
by using Samsung’s Smart Remote
app in conjunction with its IR blaster.
They also offer a programming guide.
The Player 4.2 and 3.6 are part of
Samsung’s ongoing effort to grab share
in the portable, Wi-Fi-enabled music
player market now dominated by the
Apple iPod Touch.
The $199 Player 4.2 10.1 will be available
for pre-order starting May 4 and
will be in stores on May 13. The $149
Player 3.6 is already in stores.