Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Toshiba brings the Excite 10 LE tablet to U.S. starting March 6; claims it is world's thinnest tablet

Another tablet has entered the market.

Toshiba has
announced that the Excite 10 LE tablet will be available for purchase from select U.S. retailers March 6. Previously introduced as the Excite X10, the company says the Excite 10 LE is the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet — measuring just 0.3 inches (7.7mm) thin and weighing 1.18 pounds.

So far nobody has been able to emerge as the one alternative to the iPad that everyone wants, and I doubt this will change that trend. But if it's as solid as they say, it might be able to garner some fans.

Here's a rundown of what the
Excite 10 LE has to offer:

The Excite 10 LE tablet will feature the Android operating system, and will have a starting price of $529.99 for the 16GB model and $599.99 for the 32GB model.

Calling it a'luxury tablet, Carl Pinto — vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division — said: “We have engineered this tablet with premium materials and components, given it elegant yet durable styling and more connectivity options than any other tablet in its class, while fitting everything into an astonishingly thin and light design.”

The Excite 10 LE features a high-resolution 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite display, and features a magnesium alloy surface and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display with an anti-smudge coating.

The tablet also comes with micro-USB and HDMI ports, a micro-SD slot to share content and files with other devices, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. An enhanced sound performance is promised, too, plus front and back HD cameras, and 1080p video recording.

The Excite 10 LE tablet will come first with Android 3.2, Honeycomb, and later upgraded to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Accessories such as a docking station and cases will be offered.

Here are some more specs:
— 10.1-inch diagonal LED Backlit widescreen Corning Gorilla Glass display with IPS technology and 10-finger multi-touch support
1280 x 800 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio
Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 multicore processor; 1.2GHz with 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
16GB and 32GB configurations
2 megapixel front-facing camera
5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
Micro USB, Micro HDMI ports
Micro SD card slot
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS, eCompass and Ambient Light Sensor
Stereo speakers with sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs
Built-in 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium ion battery
10.1” (W) x 6.9” (D) x 0.3” (H)
1.18 pounds (535g)

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