The Toshiba Excite Pro, Excite Write, and Excite Pure tablets are new offerings from the Japan-based company, which took the opportunity to unveil them at Computex 2013 in Taiwan.
All three tablets span 10 inches diagonally, and are all based on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Their similarities, however, end there. These three tablets are aimed at different kinds of consumers: the Excite Pure at budget-conscious buyers who only need modest features; the Excite Pro at those who require premium specifications; and the Excite Write at those who prefer a tablet that can handle note-taking.
The least expensive, therefore, among the tablets is the Excite Pure, which is priced at $299.99. The “Pure” word in its name refers to the basic Android experience that the device offers. In other words, it does not have any Toshiba-branded skin overlaid on the operating system. It runs on an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor under the hood, and packs an IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It furthermore has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. There is a single camera onboard, a front-facing 1.2 MP shooter. Among its ports are a microSD card slot for memory expansion, microHDMI, and microUSB.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the high-end Toshiba Excite Pro. This tablet boasts of an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 32 GB of expandable storage capacity, and 2 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, its screen resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels, protected by Gorilla Glass 2. Harman Kardonstereo speakers promise quality audio. Adding to this list of specifications is an 8 MP rear camera, a1.2 MP front camera, a microSD card slot, microHDMI and microUSB port.
The third tablet is basically the same as the Toshiba Excite Pro, save for the fact that it supports a Wacom digitizer. This feature allows the device to compete against the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. CNet reports that the Wacom digitizer is able to recognize 1,024 degrees of pressure, but unlike the S Pen on the Samsung slate, it does not automatically change the line thickness. To the Wacom digitizer’s credit, however, CNet says that such tool felt more natural to the touch as compared with the light S Pen.
The Toshiba Excite Pure has a price tag of $499.99, while the Excite Pro will sell for $599.99.
The tablets are expected to be available from Toshiba on June 25, and will arrive in other stores come early July.