Toshiba AT330 prototype is 13 inches of Ice Cream Sandwich

March 21, 2012
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"Ich will die große, bitte." That's "I want the big one, please," in German, and it's something you might want to learn to say if you like the looks of Toshiba's massive new tablet. The 13.3-inch AT330 is a solid 30% bigger than any mainstream tablet on the market. Yet another Toshiba prototype, it's also running Ice Cream Sandwich with a built-in TV tuner with collapsible antenna. For some reason, Toshiba thought that Germany would preferable to, say, Texas for introducing this beast to a hungry public, and TechFokus got a good look at it at on video.

In addition to its size, software and media prowess, it's also running an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, matching the one found in the earlier 7.7-inch prototype. Unlike that model and the currently on-sale Excite AT200, the AT 330 employs what looks like a more contemporary plastic body accented with metal. The extra space allows the gigantic tablet to accommodate 32GB of storage and a full-sized SD card slot (not MicroSD). It's also got HDMI-out, plus a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam. There's no word on what kind of resolution it's got, but based on the video, it looks like a 1920x1200 LCD panel.

Check it out in action below:

Toshiba says the AT330 is just a prototype for now, and considering the size it's hard to blame them. Of course there's nothing about a 13.3-inch screen that's inherintly wrong, it's just that up to now it's always been in a laptop form factor that's meant to rest on something else. Holding a 10-inch tablet can be tiring after a while (hence the multitude of stands out there) so it's hard to imagine how doing the same would be for something even bigger. Probably a lot like a slightly lighter version of the old tablet PCs, one would think. What say you, readers - what's the upper limit for you?

[via 9to5 Google]


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  • dj.sky

    This is actually nice,
    now if they also had a dock….holy crap. Throw ubuntu on this and bam

    • Chavezdcha

       I agree t.v antenna is a great idea. and I love the size.

  • diorna

    TV antenna… Really…. lol 

  • A German

    I think you would say “Ich will das Große, bitte” not die Große

  • Lewisd19

    I want one!!

  • Aa

    awesome! If battery lasts more than 9h i want one too!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-E-Mabry-Jr/1726259049 Jack E Mabry Jr

    Why don’t they just make a 22 inch version and put hand holds on the back like a monitor?

    • Sukanih

       Do you think I could carry that Monitor in my bag ?

  • Gazzone

    the bigger the better!
    finally we can read magazines as they deserve and technical papers and A4 without becoming blind. too bad this is not e-ink but it’s ok

  • fooball

    NICE! 

    I want a bigger screen such as this for reading full size web pages. The device is mainly for use in a stand type case I would assume, but could be held for short periods.Now if it came out with a Exynos 5250 and had a high res screen……oh well. I could slide by with Tegra 3 I suppose. Hope it makes it to retail and at a reasonable price.

  • Rick Widener

    I had the Acer 10.1 convertable tablet several years ago. I loved it. The one issue was the screen size. If I would try to read Zinio mags on it I had to zoom in because the screen wasn’t quite large enough. If I could afford it I would do the 13″ screen.

  • bulletroll

    If anyone reads this from Toshiba, can I just say please make it! I would be one of the first persons who would buy it. The size just does it for me. I haven’t bought a tablet yet because thay are to small. I have a feeling that this is a real game changer of tablet when it released…