Toshiba Shows 13.3-inch Tablet — Perfect for Watching Sports?

Are you looking for a tablet but so far none have met your needs, with the small Galaxy Note not even in the conversation, the kindle and Nook not even close to the correct size and the iPad and its ilk closer but no cigar? Then Toshiba might just have what you are looking for.

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has introduced its line of Excite tablets today with a trio of offerings including one that features a 13.3-inch display, along with a 7.7 and a 10.1-inch offering to fill out the new Excite line.

The company said that it believes that a one size fits all model does not work in the tablet space and that it believes that the growing usage of tablets in an increasingly wide number of user applications calls for multiple sizes and features.

The three will share a few features including operating with the Android 4.0 OS, a Tegra 3 Super 4-Plus-1 quad core processor, having scratch resistant Gorilla glass and a full suite of Google mobile service applications. All three will also feature a 5MP rear facing camera as well as a 2MP front facing camera and stereo speakers.

The company recently unveiled the details on the 10-inch model so we covered that here but both the 7-inch, which will compete with the Nooks’ and Kindles’ of the market as well as the 13-inch monster are the talk of the release. The Excite 10 tablet will be available for purchase at the beginning of May 2012 for $449.99 for the 16GB model, $529.99 for the 32GB model and $649.99 for the 64GB model.

The company said that it sees the Excite 13 tablet as one that will appeal to groups for things such as watching movies, playing games and sharing photos. The tablet is 0.4 inches thick and weights 2.2 lbs. It features a 13.3-inch LED backlit display with 1600 x 1900 resolution. The Excite 13 tablet will be available for purchase at the beginning of June 2012 for $649.99 for the 32GB model and $749.99 for the 64GB model.

The Excite 7.7 is targeted at an on-the go user that does not want the bulk of a larger tablet. The Excite 7.7 tablet will be available for purchase at the beginning of June 2012 for $499.99 for the 16GB model and $579.99 for the 32GB model

I have to say that I really like their thinking on this product. It is not positioned as another iPad killer but rather as a product that serves different segments such as family and group use or users on the go rather than delivering a banal push for a tablet user. Samsung’s growing success with its Galaxy Note and other tablets shows that consumers are open to alternative sizes if they have the features that fit their needs.

I can certainly see the popularity of the person that brings a 13.3-inch tablet to an event where a group of friends can watch a playoff game that they would have missed if not for the tablet- even the ten-inch displays would not serve their needs as well. I wonder what the top end of tablet size will be? I suspect not any larger for mainstream users.

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