A 13-inch tablet from Toshiba? Yep.

Is there a market for a tablet that has a 13-inch touch screen? We are about to find out. Toshiba has announced plans to release the Excite 13, a 2.2 pound device that the company claims has been designed mostly to be used at home. The tablet will be released on June 10th.

Laptopmag.com posted up a picture comparing the Toshiba Excite 13 with two other devices, the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone and the 10 inch iPad. Even though the Excite 13 has a bigger screen, its resolution of 1600 x 900 is actually smaller than that of the new iPad's 2048 x 1536 Retina display.

The Toshiba Excite 13 will have Android 4.0 running things inside, along with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 multi-core processor. It will also have a five megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front camera, along with a number of ports such as an SD card slot, an HDMI port and a micro USB port. There will be two models. The 32 GB version will sell for $649 while the 64 GB version will have a price of $749.

So who will get a 13-inch Android tablet? The article claims that it was hard to hold the Excite 13 up while standing and could only be used well if the person was sitting down or if it was place on a table. However, it's possible that such a tablet would come in handy at home, surfing the web on the couch or playing games with someone else. We should soon see if this device will find an audience.

Image via Laptopmag.com

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FalseAgent said,
Android? nope.

This is just as stupid as what the Galaxy Note is to smartphones.


I have the Galaxy Note, ya ******. And it rocks.

Yeah I'd like a 13" tablet. By the looks of it 10.1" is fine, but I just want something bigger. I think Windows 8 will bring tablets that are 10"+, so I'm waiting for that.

Of course if Dell releases a 15-16" ultrabook, which The Verge rumored about, I'll buy that instead.

Way too heavy for me. I would love a 12-15 inch tablet but only at the right weight. I don't want to give up laptop size screens. I would buy in a heartbeat if it weighed in the area of an iPad. The price is to be expected too. We're not gonna get bigger screens with smaller prices. Hopefully they can get us back up to laptop sizes someday, minus the weight.

seebaran said,
This would be nice if priced below $500. Jesus H.....have they not learned a damn thing?

I guess some people see it as worth it. For $300 I'd consider it, but I would never pay more than that for a tablet. I'd rather just invest in a laptop by that point.

Zappa859 said,

I guess some people see it as worth it. For $300 I'd consider it....

For that price, you may have to wait a couple of years.

10.1 Feels large enough. After you go bigger than that, then what's the point? Do I really want to hall around a heavy 12 inch tablet? Tablets make sense at a certain form factor and size.

If I want to carry around something that heavy I would rather have a keyboard and mouse.

Edited by warwagon, Apr 10 2012, 4:01pm :

warwagon said,
10.1 Feels large enough. After you go bigger than that, then what's the point? Do I really want to hall around a heavy 12 inch tablet? Tablets make sense at a certain form factor and size.

If I want to carry around something that heavy I would rather have a keyboard and mouse.


I agree. I'd rather have a laptop at that point. Specifically a Ultrabook.

warwagon said,
10.1 Feels large enough. After you go bigger than that, then what's the point? Do I really want to hall around a heavy 12 inch tablet? Tablets make sense at a certain form factor and size.

If I want to carry around something that heavy I would rather have a keyboard and mouse.

I think there is definitly a market for such devices. When the weight is substantially reduced, such size may actually become mainstream.
And with a keyboard dock and mouse, this becomes a true notebook/tablet hybrid.

Think about Samaung Galaxy Note. It is one of the best selling 'smartphone' today. A few years a ago it would have seemed unimaginable that a phone of this size may actually sell like that.
And also take HTC Evo 4G. At its launch, it was considered a huge phone with a 4.3" display. But today, this seems to be the optimum size for a smartphone.

warwagon said,
10.1 Feels large enough. After you go bigger than that, then what's the point? Do I really want to hall around a heavy 12 inch tablet? Tablets make sense at a certain form factor and size.

If I want to carry around something that heavy I would rather have a keyboard and mouse.


if it's still a relatively dumb consumption oriented tablet (with mobile OS), then indeed there's hardly any point.
but in Tablet PC world there was always lack of big and hi-res screens that artists could benefit from. biggest I could find was from Toshiba too, with 14" and 1440x900. but that's another story, it was heavy and was a laptop with rotating display.

TheReasonIFailed said,
One step closer to a tabletop sized tablet!

We already are there. Microsoft Surface!