Might 2013 be the year that Android grapple's the tablet crown from Apple's iPad family (in terms of market share)? It's looking more and more likely. In addition to the handful of worthy 7-inch contenders -- Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD -- tablet makers are now starting to focus on affordable 10-inch slates that don't suck. Toshiba is hoping its new Excite 10 SE qualifies as such a tablet.
It certainly nailed the price point. At $350 MSRP, the Excite 10 SE is one of the more affordable name-brand tablets in the 10-inch category, and it's $100 less expensive than the original Excite.
"Our Excite family of tablets continues to grow with options to suit a wide range of consumer needs, from portability and gaming to versatility and power," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We designed the Excite 10 SE to be a full featured tablet that offers a pure Android, Jelly Bean experience, while maintaining an attractive price point."
Indeed, the Excite 10 SE ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, so there's no sitting around waiting for an update. It also boasts a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 10.1-inch AutoBrite HD touchscreen display, 16GB of internal storage, 3MP rear-facing camera, HD front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot, and micro USB ports.
Size-wise, Toshiba describes the Excite 10 SE as "slim and light" at only 0.4 inches thick and weighing around 1.4 pounds. Intrigued? It will be available at select retailers and direct from Toshiba starting December 6, 2012 (this Thursday).