Toshiba announces the first tablets to ship with Nvidia Tegra 4 processors
Toshiba on Monday took the wraps off what it hopes will be the first tablet powered by Nvidia's latest Tegra 4 processor. Dubbed the Excite Pro, this $500 tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and has a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 pixel IPS display. For those of you counting pixels at home, that puts the Excite Pro at 300 pixels per inch (ppi)—more than what's currently offered on Apple's iPad with Retina display and its 264 pixels per inch.
The tablet also features an 8-megapixel camera which, when combined with the Pro's beefy processor, allows you to shoot in both panorama and high-dynamic range (HDR) modes. Toshiba also claims that the Pro will feature enhanced image stabilization, though I'm not exactly sure we should be encouraging people to take photos using tablets.
Toshiba also unveiled two other Excite tablets on Monday that it hopes will grab people's attention: The Excite Write and Excite Pure. The Write is outfitted with a digitizer display and features a stylus that supports 1024 pressure points for more accurate handwriting recognition. The tablet looks like it'll come in handy when taking notes or drawing. It'll be interesting to see how it compares next to Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Note. The Write will retail for $100 more than the Excite Pro but—save for the digitizer and stylus—the two tabs are identical in terms of specs.
If you aren't keen on styluses, or are just on a budget, then the Excite Pure may be more your speed. This 10.1-inch tablet is powered by last year's NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM (as opposed to the 2GB found in the Pro and Write). The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, like its older siblings, and also features a Micro SD card slot that allows you to augment the device's 16GB of internal storage. So what’s the benefit of getting a tablet with slightly lower specs? A greatly lower price-tag: The Excite Pure will cost $300, putting it in the same price-range as the Nexus 7 and iPad mini.
All three tablets will be available starting June 25, and we look forward to seeing if Toshiba's tablets have what it takes to dethrone the iPad as the tablet king.