Toshiba's Android tablets haven't exactly been well received, so the company appears to have gone back to the drawing board. The end result is the Tablet AT330, the biggest Android tablet on the market with a whopping 13.3in touchscreen.
Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying that 7in Android tablets were "dead on arrival", lambasting them for being too small and saying a 10in screen is the minimum necessary on a tablet. Toshiba may have taken his advice, but has the company pushed the boundaries too far with the Tablet AT330?
Toshiba says the Tablet AT330 (called the Excite 13 in US and European markets) "delivers more screen real estate than any other tablet on the market." While this is certainly true, this extra screen size comes at a huge cost of weight. The Tablet AT330 weighs almost 1kg (997.9g to be exact), so it's by far the heaviest Android tablet on the market. Thankfully, with a thickness of just 9.81mm the Tablet AT330 isn't entirely a brick.
Toshiba appears to be positioning the Tablet AT330 as a home device rather than one you'll carry around with you everywhere. The tablet comes with four speakers and boasts "exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs", so its clearly being targeted as an entertainment device more than anything else.
The Tablet AT330's 13.3in screen is an AutoBrite LED backlit display with a resolution of 1600x900. The extra screen real estate will no doubt be an advantage for watching movies and videos, but the display has a low pixel density of just 120ppi. In comparison, Apple's new iPad has a ppi of 264, while the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, arguably the best Android tablet on the market, has a ppi of 149. This means you will clearly see individual pixels on this screen and text isn't likely to be as crisp as many other devices on the market.
The Toshiba Tablet AT330 comes with a micro USB port, a micro HDMI port and a full-sized SD card slot. It charges via a proprietary dock connector and Toshiba says the battery will last for up to 13 hours with seven days of standby time. The tablet is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra T30S processor with GeForce graphics, has 1GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of internal memory. The Tablet AT330 is a Wi-Fi only tablet with no 3G or 4G connectivity available.
The Toshiba Tablet AT330 comes with the latest version of Google's Android platform, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The software appears to be a vanilla version of the OS, with no apparent UI overlay.
The Toshiba Tablet AT330 will be available through major retailers in Australia from "late June" and will retail for $699.