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10 April, 2012

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Toshiba Debuts Monstrous 13-Inch Tablet [PICS]
10 April 2012 by Peter Pachal

Toshiba Excite Tablets
The Toshiba Excite 13 (bottom right), with a 13-inch screen, is the world's biggest mass-market tablet, dwarfing its brothers in the newly christened Excite lineup, the Excite 10 (bottom left) and Excite 7.7 (top).

Excite 13
The Excite 13 is intended to give multiple users a better shared experience when watching videos or looking at photos.

Websites
By virtue of the extra real estate, you can see much more of any website on the screen when you view it on the Toshiba Excite 13.

Countertop Friend
Reading on an Excite 13 is closer to a real newspaper experience.

Thin Chassis
The Excite 13 is still just 0.4 inches thick and includes ports for micro USB and micro HDMI as well as an SD card slot.

Excite Trio
Each Excite tablet is made to appeal to a different customer.

Excite 13 vs. Galaxy Note
The Excite 13 even makes a large-size smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note, look tiny.
Up till now tablets have generally been in two size classes: smaller models like the Kindle Fire whose screens measure 7 inches or less, and large-size models like the iPad that are in the 10-inch range.

But the category has evolved. Now there’s a new giant-size species.

Toshiba just unveiled its latest Android tablets in the Excite line (following the “world’s thinnest” tablet earlier this year), and one of them’s a doozy. If the iPad is a mid-size sedan in tablet world, the new Toshiba Excite 13 is an SUV: a 13-inch monster that makes other tablets look like pygmies.

Why would anyone want a tablet that big? Toshiba has a couple of ideas.

The first is that in sometimes multiple people gather around the same tablet to collectively watch a video or look at photos. Say you have three kids, and each one wants the tablet. Instead of getting three tablets (or having them all fight for one), the large screen lets them all share the tablet. And propped up on a kickstand — on a kitchen counter, for example — users can see media clearly from a short distance away.

The other reason you may want a dreadnought-class tablet is as a casual gaming platform. If you lay the Excite 13 on, say, a coffee table, it would theoretically be used as kind of an electronic board game for people gathered around — similar to Microsoft Surface.

As you’d expect, Toshiba’s ginormous tablet is heftier than other models, weighing in at 2.2 pounds, although it’s just 0.4 inches thick. Its LED-backlit LCD screen has a resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels and a widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio, and it has 10-finger touch support.


The Excite 13 packs a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip with GeForce graphics and 1GB of RAM, so it should be ready for the most performance-taxing games you can throw at it. It ships with the latest Android, version 4.0 or “Ice Cream Sandwich.” Like Toshiba’s previous Thrive tablets that the Excite line replaces, it has micro USB and micro HDMI ports, plus a full-size SD card slot.

We got some hands-on time with the Excite 13 and were taken aback by its massive size. It’s noticeably heavier than an iPad, or roughly as heavy as a smaller-size MacBook Air. Still, we must say videos look fantastic on it, making them that much more shareable between multiple people — the tablet’s main raison d’être.

The Excite 13 strains the definition of “mobile,” but we could see it as a family device, occasionally propped up on a kitchen counter, then come evening moved to the family room for the Android equivalent of Sorry.

If you like the sound of that experience, it’s going the cost you: The Excite 13 starts at $650 for 32GB of storage. The 64GB version goes for $750. They’ll be available in June.

Do you like the idea of a gigantic, 13-inch tablet? Let us know why in the comments.







Sorce: (Mashable)   http://mashable.com/2012/04/10/toshiba-excite-13








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