The budget tablet market has just gained a $110 contender from Toshiba and its offerings aren’t half bad. Today, the company announced the Excite Go, a 7-inch slab that features a 1,024 x 600 display, a quad-core Intel Atom processor, up to 16GB of storage space and Android 4.4 KitKat. While these specs may not knock your socks off, they’re fairly generous when compared to HP’s latest budget-friendly tablet, which ships with a similar asking price.
Perhaps a sign of the times, companies that are well known for their notebooks are trying their luck in the affordable tablet space. As of now, neither Toshiba nor HP has managed to have a major impact on this growing market, however we doubt that past flops will stop either company from trying. While the Excite Go may not be the first entry-level slate to get it right, at least it ships with the latest version of Android, which is something that most low-end tablets don’t do out of the box.
Toshiba Unveils New Affordable Seven-Inch Android Tablet
Stylish Pocket-sized Excite Go Features Android 4.4, KitKat Starting at Just $109.99 MSRP
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Toshiba’s Digital Products Division(DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today unveiled the Excite Go™ tablet, a seven-inch Android™ 4.4-based tablet that offers a comprehensive and reliable tablet experience at a fraction of the cost, starting at just $109.99 MSRP1. With all the features needed to enjoy convenient web browsing, apps and entertainment, the Excite Go is an affordable option for people looking for an easy-to-use, highly mobile tablet.
Toshiba’s Excite Go is a seven-inch Android 4.4-based tablet that offers a comprehensive and reliable tablet experience at a fraction of the cost, starting at just $109.99 MSRP. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Consumers love handheld Android tablets as they offer portable entertainment at accessible prices and can be easily added as an additional device in the home,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “The Excite Go is yet another example of Toshiba’s ability to provide affordable tablets with the latest version of Android, competitive features like Intel processors and solid build quality.”
Stylish, Lightweight Design
Encased in a stylish Satin Gold finish, the Excite Go is light and compact, weighing just 12.5 ounces2. It is designed to be comfortably held with a single hand, making it perfect for gaming, reading, emails and more. The tablet’s capacitive multi-touch display features 1024×600 resolution, which provides clear, precise navigation for browsing the web and playing games.
Optimized Performance and Additional Features
Armed with a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor3, the Excite Go offers high-speed performance for apps and games from Google Play™ and watching videos. Android 4.4, KitKat allows faster multitasking and improved file management with easy access to Google Drive™ and other cloud storage services. With wireless display support, users can stream even copy-protected premium content on the tablet directly onto a TV screen. The Excite Go also comes pre-loaded with a full version of OfficeSuite Pro (a $14.99 value), enabling portable productivity and the dual camera version includes Toshiba’s exclusive TruCapture™ app that improves the readability of images from whiteboards and books by automatically removing borders, straightening distortion, reducing glare and noise, sharpening and brightening contrast – ideal for classrooms and offices.
A single charge on the Excite Go provides up to 7.5 hours of general use or up to 6 hours of video playback4. Additionally, the Excite Go comes equipped with up to 16GB of internal storage5, a Micro USB port and a microSD™ Card slot capable of supporting 128GB SDXC cards, enabling consumers to extend the tablet’s storage capacity.
Pricing and Availability
The Excite Go will be available for purchase for $109.99 MSRP beginning in early July at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us.
About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for computers; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visitus.toshiba.com.
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba’s web site atwww.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
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