Toshiba launches three 10.1-inch Android tablets

The Japanese electronics firm, traditionally more active in the laptop space, has launched three new Android tablets to its Excite lineup.

Toshiba has added three 10.1-inch Android tablets to its Excite lineup, priced from US$299 to US$599.

The first is the Excite Pure.

According to CNET, the tablet comes equipped with industry standard 1280x800 resolution display and is powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The tablet has a 1.2 MP front camera but oddly enough, no rear camera. The tablet runs on the Google Android 4.2.2 OS and has 16GB of storage. The storage on the tablet can also be expanded through a microSD card slot, as the tablet also offers connectivity through Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB. The Toshiba Excite Pure is priced at 16,876 rupees (US$299).

Excite Pure (Credit: Eric Franklin/CNET)

The second tablet is the Excite Pro.

This is priced at 28,164 rupees (US$499). What makes this tablet different from Excite Pure is that it runs Nvidia's new Tegra 4 processor and the Google Android Jellybean OS. The resolution is also enhanced at 2560x1600 resolution display. The cameras are also are a far improvement from the Excite Pure, as the Excite Pro has a 1.3 MP front camera and 8 MP rear camera. It comes in a 32GB storage variant and sports dual Harman Kardon speakers. Just like the Excite Pure, the Excite Pro also has Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB, and microSD ports.

Excite Pro. (Credit: Eric Franklin/CNET)

Finally, the third new tablet being introduced by Toshiba is the Excite Write.

Priced at 33,808 rupees (US$599). As the name would suggest, this tablet allows the user to write with a Wacom digitizer that comes with the tablet. The Excite Pro and Excite Write are fundamentally the same tablet, with nearly identical specs and designs. The Excite Write is in direct competition against the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The Samsung Galaxy Note series has software that supports the S-Pen functionalities, while the Toshiba Excite Write does not. The tablet currently comes with only one app to make full use of the stylus, which is Toshiba's own TruNote note-taking app. Furthermore, the Toshiba Write does not have a slot to hold the stylus for the tablet as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 does.

Excite Write. (Credit: Eric Franklin/CNET)

Personally, if I had to choose from the three, I would go with the Excite Pro simply because for the price the specifications are amazing. I've never been a real fan of writing on devices or using the stylus , and even though the price difference between the Excite Pro and Excite Write is simply for the additional writing capabilities, again, this is something I can live without right now.

What's also appealing to me, in addition to being sold on the Toshiba name, is the addition of Harman Kardon speakers. Anyone who knows their music will recognize Harman Kardon as being one of the best in the industry, and it's great to see their products being incorporated within mobile devices.