Toshiba unveils trio of tablets, including $110 Android 4.4 KitKat tablet

Toshiba unveils trio of tablets, including $110 Android 4.4 KitKat tablet

Summary: The Excite Go is a budget 7-inch device, while the 8-inch and 10-inch Encore 2 models run Windows 8.1 and start at $200.


Following HP's lead with its $100 7 Plus Android tablet, Toshiba has launched three new tablets that emphasize price over fancy features.

At $109.99, the Excite Go (pictured above) is a little pricier than its HP competition, but it offers a couple of key advantages. It ships with the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, while the 7 Plus sticks with the older 4.2.2 Jellybean. The Toshiba also provides twice the amount of built-in storage: 16GB versus the HP's 8GB.

The Excite Go ships with an Intel Atom quad-core processor, whereas the 7 Plus is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex CPU. Both come with pedestrian 1,024x600 7-inch screens. Toshiba claims superior battery life — 8 hours of general use, whereas HP promises 5.5 hours from the 7 Plus — though it remains to be seen how that plays out in real-life testing.

The decision to go cheap with the Excite Go could work out well for Toshiba, as the 7 Plus is already out of stock at HP's online store. Potential buyers will have to wait, however, as the Excite Go isn't shipping until early July. That availability is the same for Toshiba's new Windows 8.1 slates, 8-inch and 10-inch flavors of the Encore 2.

The original Encore was spotted at IFA 2013 and started at $329.99 for an 8-inch tablet. (The starting price has since been reduced to $299.99.) Toshiba has shaved $100 off for the same-sized Encore 2 edition, while adding a 10-inch version that starts at $269.99. 

Like the first version of the Encore, the Encore 2 features 1,280x800 resolution, though that's a little more exciting on the 8-inch screen than the 10-inch model. Like the Excite Go, the new Encore 2 tablets include an Intel Atom quad-core processor inside, though Toshiba hasn't disclosed which one(s). You can configure them with up to 64GB of built-in storage, though it's unclear how much the starting configuration includes — the original base Encore comes with 32GB. 

Eschewing the basic black of the Encore, the Encore 2 sports a satin gold matte finish. Toshiba also throws in a free year of Office 365 and promises 10 hours of general-use battery life from the new Encore 2 tablets.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Mobility, Windows 8

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  • Full Office License

    And I would have considered it after my previous Toshiba device years ago was awful.
  • Ugh, no thanks

    More tablets that either have a painfully low resolution, or are 16:9 screen ratio. Both scenarios are so overplayed and useless.
    • Seems to me .....

      that a LARGE number of people disagree with you judging by their sales volumes. I still have an old Nook Color with only half a gig of RAM, an old single core CPU and 1024x600 resolution running KitKat quite well for most simple uses.

      For basic web browsing, watching shows/movies and dealing with a few e-mails, many of these low end tablets work just fine, especially considering the very low prices they are being sold at.

      Why buy more than you need? Most consumers (including you I presume) have limited finances and a $ spent on one thing cannot be spent on anything else. Perhaps many of the buyers of these devices would rather spend the money saved on something else. Not everyone needs status symbols for their egos or have demanding needs.
      • Yes...

        1024x600 is plenty for a 7" screen. My kids still use my 7" HTC Flyer with that resolution, and honestly, when I set aside my Nexus 7 to help my kid with something on the Flyer I don't notice the resolution difference at all.
    • yet...

      the article mentions that the HP model is already out of stock. I'd say that means that people are buying it.
      • addendum

        personally I prefer a 10 inch screen, but no way are you gonna get that for 100 bucks, at least not for the next couple of years or so.
    • what's the problem with 16:9 screen?

      do you really want a 4:3 display to watch netflix?
  • Never Again

    I loved my Toshiba Thrive. However I will never again buy a Toshiba Android product. Toshiba is more interested in selling new hardware than supporting owners of existing devices. Because of their refusal to keep up with new OS releases my Thrive is now a ICS paperweight. And unfortunately they sell too few of their tablets to generate enough interest for alternate ROM developers to provide ongoing support.
    • Our Thrive is still used

      While the old Thrive is still on ICS and our newer Excite models are on Jelly bean, it isn't a problem as all the things the Thrive was originally purchased for still work.

      Anyway everything has a point where the hardware is no longer compatible with the newer OS versions., Toshiba is far from the only company to have previous models that can't run the latest .... It happens on EVERY device, be it a TV, a NAS, a tablet or phone, they all have a end of life for update cycles.. Doesn't make the device stop doing what it was designed to do.

      Even glorified Apple couldn't do it with their earlier tablet and phones, which are stuck with an earlier OS.
      I think the whole issue is overblown, you want the latest OS, then you have to keep up with new hardware models to run some point all brands hit this wall.
    • Ex-Thrive Owner

      Loved my AT100 Thrive. Removable battery, fullsize SD, fullsize HDMI, fullsize USB. No other tablet like it.
      But like you said, they did a rush job on ICS and left it with bugs. And locked it at ICS so it was next to impossible to install modded ROMs if you ran Toshiba's ICS update.
      A group of dedicated people eventually got JB working on the AT100 with zero help from Toshiba development.
      Great hardware, shit software, shit support.
    • updates

      I bought into the concept of Android 2 years ago, phone and tabket. Phone is htc 4g 3d, tablet is asus tf700t. I force myself to use these as they are cinstantly crashing and have only had one iteration of upgrade and nothing since about 18months back. No upgrades from vendors are in the works. About $1000 worth of hardware that is close to being bricked because of the constant lockups
      These system are crap based on crappy OS.