Does the world need 13.3in tablets? Toshiba thinks so

Does the world need 13.3in tablets? Toshiba thinks soToshiba raised eyebrows by showing off a mystery Tegra 3 tablet prototype at Mobile World Congress recently, and it's been at it again at a product showcase in London this week.

This time it's got two concept devices to tease us with, one boasting a 7.7in screen – the current flavour of the month it seems – and the other a beastly brute with a massive 13.3in display.

The definition of what exactly constitutes a tablet in terms of size has never really been set out, but for the most part they've tended to come in small (around 7in) and large (around 10in) variants, with a few mediums (8.9in) in between.

But Toshiba's having none of that. It's cobbled together an extra-large interpretation with a whopping 13.3in screen, making it the biggest Android tablet we've ever come across.

At that size it's never going to be the most nimble device in the world, but it's apparently quite light for its size. Then again, it's a non-working model so that could simply be because the chassis is empty.

Still, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor would be a good start, and we'd imagine Android Ice Cream Sandwich would be a given if Toshiba is serious about giving its oversized tablet a full release. On that note, all Toshiba will commit to is to say it represents “the shape of things you may see over 2012”.

The smaller 7.7in variant looks quite tasty too, with slender lines and a high-spec AMOLED screen. Apart from having a Tegra 3 chip inside, we don't know any more about this one than we do about its big brother. All we can say is with so many prototypes up its sleeve, we can only hope someone at Toshiba is actually working on launching one or two of them for the buying public to get their hands on.

Via IT Pro

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 13:03

Good. Why not?
Now give us a splitscreen with 2 apps (or more) running side by side.
I see no big difference between carrying around a 10in and a 13in tab. Neither fits in your pocket.
Same thing with 10in netbook or a 13in laptop. But the 13-incher is way more usable.
Shame it's Toshiba. I don't like them :p But that relates to the bloat on their laptops. I like the AT100

blizzard7  Mar. 7, 2012 at 14:28

13" tablet would be great IMO. The thumbs layout on Windows 8 basically means any reasonable size would work fine.

Personally, I think an 11 incher would be right for me!

Pondlife  Mar. 8, 2012 at 00:56

Now give us a splitscreen with 2 apps (or more) running side by side.

Well Sony have one that sort of split the screen...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 8, 2012 at 06:49

Now give us a splitscreen with 2 apps (or more) running side by side.

Well Sony have one that sort of split the screen...

No, sorry, pond, I meant 'windows' like split-screen... Have 2 apps running in half size, 3 in third etc...Not an acutually split screen like the Sony P...

Pondlife  Mar. 8, 2012 at 11:58

I know, but think you can have different things in each half, or they are maybe just tricky in some of the shots. 4GB memory is a killer though

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 8, 2012 at 12:50

True

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