Jelly Bean-equipped Toshiba 10-inch tablet to cost $350

In the market for an inexpensive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet? Good news: Toshiba is set to release a new Excite 10 SE tablet tomorrow. This 10-incher will sell for $350, and it promises a “pure Android, Jelly Bean experience.” That snippet from the official press release suggests the tablet will be free of interface skins and other OS customizations, which should make it easier for Toshiba to keep up with newer versions of Android. Of course, Android is up to version 4.2, so the new Excite is already a little bit behind the curve.

As one might expect, the Excite 10 SE features a 10.1″ display. There’s no word on whether the screen uses a TN or IPS panel, but the resolution is 1280×800. The Excite has the same screen size and resolution as Asus’ Transformer Pad 300, which costs a little bit more but is compatible with an optional keyboard dock.

Like the Transformer, the Excite has Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC under the hood. There’s 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot and a Micro USB port. Front and rear cameras are included, of course, as is Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The whole thing is wrapped in a chassis that measures 0.4″ thick and weighs 1.4 lbs.

While it’s nice to see another budget tablet running Jelly Bean, the Excite may have a hard time competing with Google’s own Nexus 10 tablet. The Nexus has a much higher 2560×1600 display resolution, and it’s guaranteed to receive the latest Android updates. However, the Nexus lacks an SD slot and costs $50 more. The Google tablet also appears to be out of stock right now.

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    • Welch
    • 7 years ago

    Not bad… keep on driving the nails deeper in the Windows RT coffin. $600+ tablets… Microsoft is always 2 steps behind in trying to get in on the cool wagon.

    • ashley01x93
    • 7 years ago
      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      SPAMMER!!!!

    • Forge
    • 7 years ago

    I need someone somewhere to make the Nexus 10 with a MicroSD slot. That and USB OTG support would be grand.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      And (so I’ve heard) cameras that don’t suck. So, basically an ASUS TF700T? 🙂

    • hoboGeek
    • 7 years ago

    There is a tablet you can find at Best Buy Canada
    Lenovo: 9 inch tablet 250 CAD$
    Native Screen Resolution 1024 x 600

    good enough (Tegra 3 cpu)

    here is the link:

    [url<]http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/lenovo-lenovo-ideatab-9-16gb-android-4-0-tablet-with-nvidia-tegra-3-processor-black-a2109/10227603.aspx?path=39def21469bebef49c6c381731ed9692en02[/url<]

      • cjava2
      • 7 years ago

      “Native Screen Resolution:1024 x 600”

      LOL

        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        For the price and size, what’s the problem? The hp TouchPad and the original Apple iPad were 1024 x 768 at 10 inches, and both are plenty usable for the things most people do with tablets — light browsing, email, music, video…

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          Because there’s an Idea USA branded 9″ with better resolution that goes for $159 (USD)? There’s a race in this market and that’s good for everyone.

            • ludi
            • 7 years ago

            Which one and what are the other hardware specs?

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          The original iPad is ages old, and TouchPad was $99

            • ludi
            • 7 years ago

            You’re smarter than that. The Touchpad was not $99, that was a below-cost firesale clearance.

            Keep in mind the product under discussion is a $250, 9″ tablet with better overall hardware specs than some current-generation devices costing more. Although per crazybus it sounds like the listing is wrong.

        • crazybus
        • 7 years ago

        Best Buy has the wrong specs listed. The A2109 has a 1280×800 display.

    • Ihmemies
    • 7 years ago

    So you can get:

    1280×800 for $350, or…
    2560×1600 for $400

    Really, Toshiba?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      640×400 for $300 and I’m sold!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        Hey it’s 16×10 at least. Someone ought to jump on it.

      • Rand
      • 7 years ago

      People playing games might desire the lower resolution, 4x the pixels is going to mean far lower frame rates. Not that Droid tablet games are really pushing the Tegra3 right now but it’s a consideration.

      Nexus lacks the micro SD, and USB OTG support as well. Bote of those are pretty big omissions IMO.

      At $350 this one isn’t priced that impressively anyway. I picked up an Iconia A510 for $280 on Black Friday, and I’m sure it could be had for less then $350 regularly, also Jelly Bean and this doesn’t appear to offer anything extra to justify the slight price premium.
      Lenovo has a 9″ tablet that’s always selling for below $250, though it does only have ICS.

        • madmilk
        • 7 years ago

        “Far lower frame rates” – you’re forgetting that the that the Exynos 5 / Mali-T604 is three times faster than the Tegra 3. Even with 4x the pixels, it should be a great deal faster.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Ya but the appeal of a SD slot may outweigh the screen advantage for some.

      • xeridea
      • 7 years ago

      At least it has higher skinny ways resolution than 99% of laptops, with screens more than twice as big. 2560 is way overkill on a tablet. I would say 1680×1050 or 1920×1200 would be good. Tablets browse the internet, video chat, and play Angry Birds.

    • jjj
    • 7 years ago

    Forgot about the Nexus 10 (any device with no SD is dead to me) but yeah that one is serious competition and i hope to see more 10 inch tablets at 300$ soon enough but in the mean time if this one has IPS and a no annoying skin,it sounds decent.
    Wish Google would push developers harder and they would make some kind of badge for tablets that get software updates fast to make it easier for the average Joe to buy a decent product – would help the ecosystem grow.

      • WarriorProphet
      • 7 years ago

      I <3 my gnex and it has 32gb of non-expandable memory. Closest I got to filling it was fooling with flashing 4.2 roms without upgrading recovery, which resulted in a couple dozen shadow copies of my entire file system. But then I uploaded all my music to google music when it was unlimited, watch most shows/movies off netflix, and generally the only other thing that takes up memory is pdf attachments from work email, which I just sync to skydrive then delete… Really hard for me to use more than 8gb with just apps and app cache…

        • paulWTAMU
        • 7 years ago

        at least 32 gigs is a reasonable amount. I was looking at tablets this week and it seemed like a lot of them had no more than 16, and many of them had no expansion.

    • pcgeek86
    • 7 years ago

    Seems like a waste. Might as well get a Nexus 10 for the extra money. At least it has a microSD slot.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 7 years ago

      It’s nice to have options, especially at lower, rather than higher, price points. While Google’s is the better buy for now, we can see that their idea is working to rapidly spur competition. It didn’t take long at all for the Nexus 7 to end up with multiple serious competitors.

      Now if only MS would jump on the $300 tablet bandwagon…

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Now if only MS would jump on the $300 tablet bandwagon...[/quote<] Head to your local Best Buy, they have plenty of returned ones discounted.

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