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Toshiba Excite Pro Review: Hands On

With the majority of the flagship smartphones finally on the board, companies are now turning their attentions to bolstering other important aspects of their mobile portfolios. With minimal influence in the smartphone market, Japanese company Toshiba has placed all its efforts into producing laptops and tablets, which as a result of Computex 2013 has landed us with three brand-new slates to play with.

At a London launch event earlier today, Toshiba’s Paul Hicks introduced us to the Toshiba Excite Pure, Excite Pro and Excite Write. Whilst the Pure is the new entry-level offering, the Pro and Write both share near identical hardware specs above that of the Pure, save for the Write’s pressure sensitive Wacom digitiser and Pen integration.

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The Toshiba Excite Pro is one of the first tablets on the market to offer up Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 quad-core processor. After the huge success of the last year’s Tegra 3 chip, which featured in the likes of the highly popular Google Nexus 7, we’re looking forward to taking a deeper dive into what device like the Excite Pro can offer mobile gamers.

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In addition to that tasty new processor, the front of the Excite Pro is adorned with an impressively high-resolution 2560×1600 PixelPure display, which should give the likes of the Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad (4th gen) a run for their money, as well as Harman Kardon dual stereo speakers for richer sound than your average tab.

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Toshiba has also adorned the Excite Pro’s front with a 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls and an 8-megapixel snapper on the back toting a party piece in the form of HDR imaging capabilities. Connectivity has been a strong suit with Toshiba’s hardware and the Excite Pro is no exception, with a pop-out panel on the side playing host to a microUSB, microSD and microHDMI output slot, allowing you to transfer, store and display content to and from a multitude of sources.

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The Pro looks nearly identical to its less powerful sibling with the exception of a few minor cosmetic tweaks and utilises a full plastic textured backing which although functional isn’t as pretty as the likes of the Xperia Tablet Z or the iPad. Nonetheless, we should be able to bring you more on the Toshiba Excite Pro when it arrives sometime in Q3 this year, with initial prices starting from £349.

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