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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Toshiba Excite Pro hands-on review: Nexus 10 tablet rival

Toshiba has announced a trio of new Android tablets including the Excite Pro. Check out our Toshiba Excite Pro hands-on review.

Starting at £349, the Toshiba Excite Pro is a rival to google nexus10 and Apple's iPad 4. It's a 10.1in tablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. See also: Group test: what's the best Android tablet?

There's nothing overly special about the Excite Pro in terms of design, looking similar to previous tablets from Toshiba. There's a reasonably large bezel and a plastic textured rear cover which is nothing to get excited about. The materials do keep the cost down, though.

The Excite Pro's 'PixelPure' screen matches the Nexus 10 with an impressive resolution of 2560x1600, beating even the iPad 4's Retina display. The display looks great; however, the extremely glossy finish means enjoying it in its full spender is difficult.

During our time with the Excite Pro, performance seems to be decent. The tablet is among the first to employ Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor, a quad-core chip with an extra battery saving core. This combined with 2GB of RAM provided us with some smooth gaming in Dead Trigger 2.

There's a standard 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for expansion using up to 64GB cards. Toshiba goes further than most when it comes to connectivity with microUSB, Micro-HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional 3G/4G/LTE network support. The only major thing missing is NFC. An over the air update in the fourth quarter will add Miracast as a wireless feature, according to Toshiba.

Cameras are fairly good quality at 8Mp at the rear and 1.2Mp to the front. The Excite Pro has stereo Harman Kardon speakers but these are disappointingly positioned on the rear of the tablet. The Tegra 4 chip allows the tablet to offer an HDR shooting mode.

We haven't been able to test battery life yet but Toshiba touts an impressive 10 hours of battery life from all the Excite tablets.

The Excite Pro and other tablet in the range will launch in the third quarter exclusively at PC World and Currys. We'll be bringing you a full review as soon as we can so stay tuned.

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