Toshiba needs to take its poorly thought-through Excite 13 slate and go home; it's a tablet travesty. Announced earlier today, the 13.3-inch model is the largest Android tablet from a mainstream OEM to-date, pairing NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich for what Toshiba claims is an untapped slice of the finger-friendly market. The company has done its research, too, though whether its conclusions make sense is worth a second look.
As well as new line of tablets and all-in-one desktop PCs, Toshiba are revamping their laptop range. Just about every end of the market has been covered, with budget, consumer, and gaming laptops all seeing a refresh. The common link is that all of them will be seeing an upgrade to the third generation of Intel Core processors, or what you’ll better know as Ivy Bridge.
Toshiba has today announced two new products in their desktop all-in-one range, the 21.5-inch LX815 and 23-inch LX835. Toshiba seem to be trying to pack as much power into their products as possible while trying to hit attractive price points, and looking at what’s on offer, they not doing a bad job at all. The PCs will come with 1080p TN displays, and feature the third generation of Intel Core processors, otherwise known as Ivy Bridge.
Toshiba has launched a new range of Excite Android tablets, spanning 7.7-inches to 13-inches and each running NVIDIA's quadcore Tegra 3 processor. The new Excite 10, Excite 13 and Excite 7.7 slates run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and have a 5-megapixel main camera along with 2-megapixel front cameras; they also offer, in the form of the Excite 13, one of the biggest screen resolutions we've seen so far on an Android tablet, running at 1600 x 900.
More and more companies seem to be blowing it as they include stylii with their products. HTC dipped their toe in the water with the Flyer, Samsung are doubling down with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1, and now Toshiba has their own spin on the idea. The company’s new 10.1-inch tablet, the WT301/D, features support for an electromagnetic induction stylus.
Toshiba hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with its smartphones in the past. They briefly had the tech world abuzz in 2009 with its TG01 handset, which featured a then impressive 1Ghz single-core processor and 4-inch 800x480 resistive touchscreen running Windows Mobile 6.1. Since then, things have been quiet. Fujitsu announced yesterday that it will buy out Toshiba’s stake in their joint venture, Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications Limited.
A new report nutshell released today by Consumer Reports on the new iPad has taken to the wild world of Android to try to find comparable devices for the odd consumer. In addition to listing these, the product researchers at Consumer Reports reminded the public that the heat they found in the 2012 iPad was absolutely nothing to worry about, as it was still well within "who cares" standards for devices such as itself. The Android devices Consumer Reports went through, on the other hand, were reported as simple machines with one defining feature each, each of them good for a unique user situations.
This year's April Fools 2012 Round-up contains some of the strangest notions yet, and as everyone knows at this time of year - some the the most promising concepts for our odd, odd future! Starting with of course Google's collection of such jokes - they've been on point with some of the most in-depth April 1st tricks for several years now, and we wouldn't want to deprive you of a single one of them. They start with an 8-Bit Google Maps - what else, of course! There's also Virgin Volcanic, Apple's patent of the rectangle, and Toshiba's announcement of several "Shapes" tablets which you can see in a lovely TV commercial below.
Toshiba has unveiled a new prototype tablet, the AT330, at Toshiba World 2012 in Germany and it's a huge 13.3-inch slate sporting the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Beyond the massive screen size, the AT330 also features a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a TV tuner that includes a pull-out antennae. The folks at Techfokus spent some hands-on time with the tablet, the video of which is posted below.