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Toshiba Rolls Out 13.3-inch Android Tablet

Toshiba has announced a 13.3-inch Android tablet called the Excite as part of a trio of products that will include a 7-inch and a 10-inch Android tablets and will replace the Thrive devices.

The device comes with a 1,600 x 900 IPS capacitive display which goes beyond the 1,280 x 800 pixels offered by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab but is still significantly less than the Asus Transformer TF700T, the Acer Iconia A700 or the New iPad, all of which have Full HD 1,920 x 1080p (or above).

While some find the new iPad slightly portly at 652g, the Toshiba Excite tips the scales at 1,000g (or 1KG); this is still a good deal lighter than a typical 13-inch Ultrabook like the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s (opens in new tab) (1.31KG). At 10mm the Excite is a tad thicker than Apple's tablet but has a full sized SD card slot, a microUSB port plus a microHDMI port and has a battery that can power the tablet for up to 13 hours.

Other features include a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and a five megapixel one at the back, SRS Surround functionality, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but no 3G/4G functionality.

UK pricing has not yet been announced but US readers can grab a 32GB Excite for $650; the 64GB version is due to retail for $750.

Toshiba has also announced 10-inch and 7.7-inch versions of the tablet which will be launched in May and June respectively; lower price points are naturally expected but remain to be confirmed.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.