Toshiba is making a bigger push in the tablet market with Android, and they have announced three new 10″ tablets: a low-end one called Excite Pure, a high-end one with a high resolution called Excite Pro, and the Excite Write (good name!) that’s supposed to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note.
The Excite Pure is a 10″ tablet with 1280×800 resolution and a Tegra 3 processor, that will cost $300. I think they could’ve done a better job wit this one, and either use a newer processor, like say a Qualcomm Snapdragon S600, and a 1080p resolution, for that $300 price, or keep the specs the same and release it for $200. But at least it will get 16 GB of storage, microSD slot, microHDMI port and Android 4.2.
The Excite Pro seems to include much better specs, with a powerful Tegra 4 processor, a 2560×1600 resolution display (called “PixelPure” by Toshiba), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 8 MP rear camera, microHDMI port and stereo speakers by Harmon Kardon. It will also run Android 4.2, and come with a price tag of $500.
The one that I find most interesting is the Excite Write, which is trying to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablets. The active pen has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, which Toshiba is calling “TruPen”, and it doesn’t dock inside the tablet’s case, like the S-Pen does. The screen comes with Gorilla Glass 2 for protection.
The tablet also comes with some apps for productivity that can take advantage of the TruPen. It will also have the same specs as the Excite Pro otherwise: Tegra 4, 2560×1600 digitizer-display, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, microUSB and microHDMI ports, and it will of course run Android 4.2. The price is $600, which is to be expected considering the extra cost of the TruPen and the digitizer-ready display.
From here, it will depend on how much Toshiba will be promoting these devices, and how well they’ll do in reviews, especially on the software side. However, they will be fighting an uphill battle against more established brands like Samsung and Asus, and of course Apple, in the tablet market, so they’ll need to be prepared for that.