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.
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