Toshiba Goes Big With 13.3-Inch Tablet

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New York - Toshiba rolled out a new tablet size today, the 13.3-inch Excite 13.

The Excite 13is being positioned as a carry-about home media-consumption device that people can easily share, said Young Bae, Toshiba's product marketing manager. The Excite 13 will ship in June with suggested retails of $649 for the 32GB model and $749 for the 64GB version.

The company also introduced the Excite 10 and Excite 7.7. With these introductions, Toshiba will retire the Thrive tablet brand, the company said.

The Excite 13 will run Android 4.0 when shipped, and it is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with GeForce graphics that include 1GB of RAM. It features a 1,600 by 900 LED-backlit display and a four-speaker system with SRS sound.

The Excite 13 weighs 2.2 pounds and is 0.4 inches thick. Battery life is expected to be in the 13-hour range. There are MicroUSB and MicroHDMI ports and a full-size SD card slot.

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 has an Autobrite LED backlit display, is 0.35 inches thick and weighs 1.32 pounds. The tablet has the same CPU and graphics processors as the Excite 13 and features the same ports and external card slots.

The Excite 7.7 comes in two flavors: 16GB for $499 and $579 for 32GB. It has a 7.7-inch AMOLED display, is 0.3 inches thick and weighs in at 13.4 ounces. It has the same processor and feature set as its larger companion devices.


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