With its Excite 10 LE, Toshiba offered a well-designed tablet with disappointing performance, and (in my opinion) too high a price tag for what was offered. With the company's announcement of new 10-, 7.7-, and today, it doesn't seem as if much has changed on the pricing front, but at least now it's offering Tegra 3-based devices.
The Excite 10 is yet another 10-inch tablet from Toshiba. I believe this makes it three in about a year? Not that it matters really, but if anyone asked, I'm counting. Anyway, the Excite 10 takes closer design cues from the Excite 10 LE than the Thrive as it sports a thin 0.35-inch depth and weighs just 1.32 pounds. That's 0.05 inch thicker and 0.18 pound heavier than the 10 LE.
The 10.1-inch screen runs at a typical 1,280x800-pixel resolution. Like the, it houses 1GB of RAM and feature Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, and a full-size SD card slot.
Rounding out features is a 2-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel back camera.
Extremely thin and incredibly light, the 7.7 boasts a 0.3-inch thickness and weighs only 13.4 ounces. The tablet includes a Micro-USB port, no HDMI support, but does feature a microSD card slot and 1GB of RAM.
The 7.7 also becomes only the second tablet to boast an AMOLED screen after. Like its larger brother, the 7.7 features a 2-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel back camera.
So, how about these prices?
The Excite 10 tablet will be available in early May at $450 for 16GB, $530 for 32GB, and $650 for the 64GB model. The Excite 7.7 comes out in early June at $500 for 16GB and $580 for the 32GB model.
It's encouraging that the Excite 10 at $450 with Tegra 3 is (on paper at least) a better deal than the Tegra 2-based Excite 10 LE at $530 for the same amount of storage. Also, the Excite 7.7 at $500 with an AMOLED screen is, again, on paper, a better deal that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at its non-contract price of $700.
This of course, doesn't take into account things like build quality, comfort, potential bugs, performance issues, and other extras.
Also, with Google's rumored $200supposed coming this summer and the $250 still scheduled for release, getting consumers to pay these fairly reasonable prices will only get more and more difficult.
Still, I'll have to wait and see before I can fairly judge each tablet's true strengths and weaknesses. As such, look for full reviews over the next couple of months.