Toshiba has launched a trio of new tablets called the ‘Excite’ series that is here to replace the old ‘Thrive’ line of tablets. The most interesting of all in the trio is Excite 13, that has opened up a market segment of its own with its huge size dimensions compared to conventional tablet sizes. This new tablet is a full 13.3 inches in size where as there are two traditional sizes for tablets like kindle fire comes in the 7-inch category and a little bigger 10-inch market of Apple iPads.
Thus such a huge size pushes its boundaries of mobility and portability weighing in at 2.2 pounds with just the thickness of 0.4 inches its a pretty heavy gadget to hold and that is why it comes with a stand that is part of a case and not attached to the tablet itself.
So why such a big tablet? What was Toshiba thinking designing this monster? Well they have their own thinking behind it, trying to develop a new niche for their product. According to the company this tablet is based on the prospect of sharing , such as when a few family members or friends gather around a tablet to view a video or photographs and it may as well be placed on a stand in the kitchen that may kill two birds with a single stone such as having a clear view from a short distance and operating on big buttons with distracted fingers while multi-tasking in the kitchen.
It has got very loud speakers even for a tablet of its size, the loudness is incomparable, hence it starts to make sense how this tablet would come into daily use.
It also makes a good device for video conferencing with its Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor completely capable of handling full screen video conferencing in addition to its 1.3 Mega-pixel front and 5 Mega-pixel rear camera. 1 GB of Ram combined with Tegra quality processing will allow high-end gaming capable of handling all those top-notch games that you can think of. Given its large area it can be used by multiple people placed on the table as a board game like Microsoft’s Surface, hence it’s 10 finger touch recognition will come in quite handy.
The display is LED back lit with a resolution of 1600×900 pixels and a wide screen aspect ratio of 16:9. It has all the necessary ports like its predecessor that includes mini USB, mini HDMI, Full Size SD Card Slot, 3.5 mm Headset Jack, Toshiba docking port and special T.V outputs. It ships with Android 4.0 a.k.a “Ice Cream Sandwich” and sets back $650 for 32GB model and $750 for 64GB version.