Toshiba launches Excite 10 SE 10.1-inch Android 4.1 tablet for $349.99

Toshiba launches Excite 10 SE 10.1-inch Android 4.1 tablet for $349.99

Summary: The Jelly Bean tablet is $50 cheaper than the Google Nexus 10, but lacks an ultra-high-resolution screen.

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Even though 10-inch Android models might wind up being the ultimate losers in the tablet wars, that hasn't stopped Toshiba from unleashing a new slate that will compete with the Google Nexus 10. For $349.99, the Excite 10 SE is $50 cheaper than the Nexus, though it's missing one of the Google's key features.

While the Nexus sports a Retina Display-like 2,560x1600 ultra-high-resolution screen, the Excite 10 SE only offers a 1,280x800 display. Otherwise, it comes with an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 16GB of capacity, front- and rear-facing cameras, and a microSD card slot for additional storage. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though the Nexus 10 is already running Android 4.2.

So there's nothing particular noteworthy about the Excite 10 SE except the price, which undercuts both the Nexus 10 and the legacy iPad 2. Will that be enough to give it success in the marketplace? Would you buy it instead of the Nexus 10 because of the lower price? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Toshiba

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  • A question I've never seen answered

    On the Google tablet, is everything just microscopically small, or simply scaled up, or are the graphics and text also rendered at 260 ppi? Because on an iPad, retina display technology just isn't about screen pixel density, it's also matching UI pixel density.
    baggins_z
    • Re: A question I've never seen answered

      Android has had in-built support for multiple screen sizes and pixel densities since about version 1.6. Pixel densities are generally rounded to the nearest "nominal" value (e,g, 240, 320 or 480 dpi), for more convenient UI layout design. A developer can provide alternative versions of graphic and other resources and let the system automatically pick the best one based on screen size, orientation, pixel density or other factors.

      Microsoft's and Apple's systems have nothing like this.
      ldo17
  • On 10 inch Android Tablets

    I had gotten a Google Nexus 7 earlier this summer, but lost it to my stepdaughter, who has become inseparable from the device. So, I patiently waited for the Nexus 10, since I was looking for a larger form factor to replace my laptop, which I detest lugging around on trips. At 400.00, the Nexus 10 was beyond what I was willing to pay for a tablet, despite it's impressive specs. The mixed reviews made me pause even more. I still wanted a 10 inch tablet to replace my 5.5 lb. Dell laptop. I settled for the Acer Iconia 510, Olympic editon. It's got the same Tegra 3, quad-core processor as the Nexus 7 and sports the same 1280 x 800 resolution. I thought I might have an issue with this resolution on a 10 inch tablet, but so far it's been quite impressive. Acer has the slightly higher resolution 700, which costs a little more, but it has the same guts. I've been pretty satisfied with the Iconia 510 and Android 4.0, which also runs on both me and my wife's HTC Sensation 4g phones. I should be happy with my tablet for the next couple of years. We'll see what sort of technology becomes available at that time:)
    vadertime
  • Nexus 7/10 and This product

    I bought the first Nexus 7, I too lost it to my 10 year old. She absolutely loves it. The idea that the software is updated when the new software comes out may be wortht the extra 50 bucks. I would say however that the expandable memory sweetens the pot, I like to use my Sansa clip to play music while working out and being able to just plug the MicroSD card into a tablet for the same experience is possibly a game changer.

    There is a large difference between 4.0 and the recently pushed Jelly Bean update on the nexus 7.
    Chuckshurlow
  • Resolution not an issue

    For me the resolution is not an issue. I have used a netbook with only 600 lines of resolution (vertical) and it was OK. 800 should be plenty. The $50 isn't a big deal either way. The reason I am interested is the microSD card slot. Toshiba also has full USB OTG on its other tablets, not just keyboard support.
    BoloMKXXVIII
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      Very well said. As someone just said, the resolution jargon is so misleading. It's the UI - resolution match that matters, something only Apple manages properly.
      Atul Malhotra
  • Price ia an issue

    Frankly, devices with android OS are market leaders today ad tomorrow. How makers of such devices can carry along people in low-income countries is a concern, not only for people in such areas but also for the makers themselves. This Toshiba's Excite 10 SE 10.1-inch Android 4.1 tablet selling at almost $350 appears to be beyond the reach of many people to whom the device will be very useful. For example, in University of Nigeria (http://ww.unn.edu.ng), accelerated infrastructural provisions and campaigns by the university administration and interest groups for integration of ICT into teaching and learning have the potential to generate very high demand for education-related electronic devices like iPads, tablets, WiFi-enabled mobile phones and laptop PCs, but less than 10% of the over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students (http://unn.edu.ng/studentswelfare/halls-residence) can afford these devices.
    Chris Prince Udochukwu Njoku