Toshiba Reveals New Android Tablets with Tegra 4

Toshiba updated its Excite family of Android tablets on Monday with three new models: the Excite Pro, Excite Write and Excite Pure. All three pack Nvidia Tegra chips, with the quad-core Tegra 3 powering the Excite Pure, and the Excite Pro and Excite Write joining a number of upcoming units listed in the first wave of tablets sporting the newer, meatier Tegra 4 SoC.

Essentially the Excite Pro and Excite Write tablets are the same on a hardware level. Both are based on Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 4 SoC, 2 GB of DDR3 memory, and 32 GB of internal storage. They also sport a 10.1 inch PixelPure display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi) and Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Other similar features include micro HDMI output, micro USD ports, a micro SD card slot, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, DTS Premium Voice Pro audio processing technology, an 8MP F2.2 camera with high-dynamic range (HDR), panorama effects and image stabilization, and Android 4.2.x "Jelly Bean".

However the Excite Write comes with a digitizer display, a precision TruPen featuring 1024 pressure points, and Toshiba's own TruNote application providing an easy way to store, organize, navigate and edit notes. Also included is a full version of ThinkFree Office Mobile for Android.

"Write users can easily create and edit documents with greater creativity and accuracy," the company said. "Productivity capabilities are enhanced further with TruCapture, a Toshiba-developed application that quickly and easily captures whiteboard content using the tablet's built-in camera and converts the snapshot for easier integration into presentations and documents."

The Excite Pure is the less expensive model of the bunch, powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3, 1 GB of DDR3 memory, and 16 GB of internal storage. Additional key features include a 10.1-inch AutoBrite display (1280 x 800), a 3MP rear camera, stereo speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro, micro HDMI output, micro USB ports, a micro SD card reader, and Android 4.2.x "Jelly Bean".

The Excite Pure has a "starting" price of $299.99, meaning additional configurations may be provided (likely in the internal storage department). The Excite Pro is priced at $499.99 whereas the Excite Write with the included Toshiba TruPen stylus costs $599.99. The company said a protective 2-in-1 raised tile Bluetooth keyboard cover with a magnetized notch will be offered separately as well, but didn't provide a price.

All three tablet models will be available beginning on June 25, 2013 and can be purchased directly from Toshiba at or from major retailers and e-tailers nationwide beginning in early July, the company said.

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  • BringMeAnother
    Give the Write an HDMI in port and USB to make it act like an external monitor with active digitizer and I would buy it.
  • somebodyspecial
    drop the res to 1920x1200 (or 1080) we have a deal. I won't be buying a 2560xWHATEVER tablet until 10nm when my games shouldn't suffer.
    I'm guessing maybe this is a die shrunk T3 with maybe a few hundred extra mhz or something (I mean T3+ was 1.7). I really hoped they amped this up a bit, or 2560 on a t3 is just stupid (it was fairly stupid on my dad's nexus 10 already and that gpu dwarfs T3).
    Never mind, I read the REAL post (toms is lacking again). Which says the T3 model is 1280x800 which is much more reasonable for that gpu and should make games pretty good.
    Basically I want a 1920x1200 13in. I'll pass on 10's. Not quite big enough for me to REALLY enjoy a movie on. The nexus 10 looks great but I need more to browse and watch vids or I just put it down quickly and do something else.
  • somebodyspecial
    Missing the boat on the T4 models also. It will be better than nexus 10 in games (and of course better looking games) but fonts will still be too small in most of the games out now. These should both be 1080p for great netflix etc and enough power for great gaming.
    One day maybe one of these companies will pull their heads out of their ARSES and make a PROPER tablet with a res these SOCS can actually push. What need is there for a 10in to DWARF the resolution that 98% of desktop users are using (1920x1200 or below is 98% of us)? I'm running 1920x1200 on my desktop for crying out loud and IT SUCKS until I up the gpu (radeon 5850 has me always turning stuff down). Even consoles coming at xmas are only hitting 1080p and ONLY at 30fps to hope to keep most details on in the games. Fire the people making these stupid resolution decisions. They are about 3-4 soc revs ahead of their time (heck a few desktop GPU revs ahead of their time also!). IDIOTS.