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.