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With little fanfare, the first available devices running Nvidia's Tegra 4 ARM chip have popped up at Best Buy and Amazon. The Toshiba Excite Write and Pro tablets are 10.1-inch slates based on Tegra 4, whereas the Pure is another Tegra 3 device. All three new slates appear to be available for purchase right now.

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The Tegra 3-based Pure tablet is a midrange affair with a 1280x800 resolution 10.1-inch screen. It comes with 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. The specs are okay when you considering the asking price of $299.99 ($266.42 at Amazon). The real headliners of Toshiba's surprise tablets are the Pro and Write. Both these devices bump the screen resolution to 2560x1600. They come with 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. Of course, inside is that brand new Tegra 4 chip – the first devices you can buy with Nvidia's new baby. The only difference between these two devices is the active digitizer support on the Write. Well, and the price. The Pro is $499.99 and the Write is $599.99.

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These are expensive devices, but at least Toshiba can claim to be the first to market with Tegra 4. We've reached out to Nvidia for comment. It's possible these devices were not supposed to go on sale yet. Note that Amazon shows the Write as shipping in 1-2 months, but that may be updated later today.

[Best Buy: Excite Pure, Excite Pro, Excite Write – Amazon: Excite Pure, Excite Pro, Excite Write]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • disqus_is_good

    I want these tablets to sell well, but nexus 10 sales are anything to by, these devices will do even worse.

    Android tablets are confined to 7-8 inch. Market for 10 inch tablets is decreasing rapidly. Even iPAD 4 sales are down by a large margin after iPAD mini launched.

  • EH101

    I'd be all over the pro were it not for the lack of front facing speakers. OEMs need to make those a priority, at least for tablets.

  • DDroid45

    I currently own the excite pro, I have to admit its not bad, I jus wish there were better media widget options

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Where'd you get yours already? Tegra 4 and all.

      • DDroid45

        I ordered off of Toshiba.com on the third July got it on the 9th of july

  • David Margolin

    forever locked bootloaders are a big no-no

  • Kay

    '' expensive devices '', lol, you're so funny you american guys.

    In France, Pro 32GB device will cost 650 $ et Write 32GB will cost 850 $.

    THIS is expensive.

    • MasterMuffin

      They're used to getting all with contracts

      • socalrailroader

        We don't usually get tablets on contracts, that would be phones silly French ;)

        • MasterMuffin

          French? Almost, I live just little over 2500km to northeast in a place called Finland :P

  • Ivan Myring

    £350 in UK. Only £30 more than nexus 10

  • RT

    I am curious about the Excite Pro. I bought a Nexus 10 and had to return it because it ran so hot it started having issues after only a few days. By the end of the first week it just shut off one day and would not restart. I knew it had a nearly full batterybut I plugged it in anyway, and there was no indication of life. The next day it booted up ok, and then the same thing happened, so I took it back to the store for an exchange. After three days the replacement started the same symptoms, so I took it back again for good.
    I bought a Galaxy Tab3 8.0 almost two weeks ago, and it's great. ...no issues at all. ...not a single glitch that I can tell. My only complaint is the too-sensitive digitizer can activate the back button if I am even within an inch of the button. ...kind of annoying sometimes.
    So, those who have one, How is the Excite Pro for heat during resource intensive applications? How hot does it get with the Tegra 4 processor? Anyone heard of overheating issues?

    • Isurus

      Just got an Excite Write. It gets very hot. This may be related to the heat as the camera is near where it gets really hot: opening the camera app frequently causes the system to freeze requiring a cold boot.