Toshiba isn’t exactly a stranger to the tablet scene, but its previous Thrive and Excite lines of Android tablets haven’t been the market forces the company would like them to be. But today at Computex 2013, Toshiba appears to be going back to the drawing board. The company has announced three new 10.1-inch Android slates – the Excite Pro, the Excite Write and the Excite Pure – that it hopes will cover all ends of the market.
All three of the new devices run Android 4.2.2 and sport similar plastic designs, but differ when it comes to specs and function. The Excite Pure is the budget option of the bunch, as it comes with slightly outdated specs that are comparable to something like the current Nexus 7.
It’s powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and includes 1 GB of memory, 16 GB of storage, a 3-megapixel rear camera, micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports, a microSD slot, and a 1280 x 800 display. That puts it on par with last year’s everyday budget tablet, but at $300, it might be difficult to justify getting over the aforementioned Nexus 7 or even the iPad mini.
The Excite Pure and Excite Write are more or less the same tablet internally. Both aim at the Nexus 10 with their 2560 x 1600 resolution displays, and both will be some of the first slates to run on the new Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. The two also come with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear cameras, speakers courtesy of Harman Kardon and the usual assortment of ports.
But where the two differ is in terms of function. While Toshiba is positioning the Excite Pure as more of a standard performance tablet, it wants the Excite Write to, as its silly name might suggest, take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 by sporting a pressure-sensitive Wacom digitizer pen.
The Excite Write also comes pre-loaded with Toshiba’s own TruPen and TruNote apps and a full version of ThinkFree Office Mobile in the attempt to court productivity-oriented users. Toshiba’s selling an optional keyboard cover to go along with the new Excite slates, which would seem most suitable with the Write and Pro.
Again, though, both the Excite Pro and Excite Write might skew a little towards the costly side. The former comes in at $500, putting it directly against the ever-popular iPad 4, while the latter is $600.
Whether or not those are good deals is still unclear, but either way, users won’t have to wait too long to get their hands on the new Excite slates. Pre-orders will start on June 25, while Toshiba and “major retailers and e-tailers nationwide” will start selling the devices sometime early next month.