Toshiba is following up its Thrive Android Honeycomb tablet with the 10 LE, a premium slate that is only 7.7mm thin and weighs 1.18 pounds.
Toshiba Feb. 29 introduced
the Excite 10 LE, a 10.1-inch tablet running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 3.2
Honeycomb operating system that will be the thinnest slate to date.
The WiFi-enabled Excite 10
LE, available March 6 from U.S. retailers for $529.99 (16GB) and $599.99 (32GB),
is only 7.7mm thinroughly the depth of the Motorola Droid Razr smartphonesand
weighs 1.18 pounds. The tablet is powered by a 1.2GHz Texas Instruments OMAP
4430 dual-core CPU.
originally introduced the slate in January as the Excite X10
at the 2012
Consumer Electronics Show, where it was displayed alongside a number of
The Excite X10 stood out for
its Gorilla Glass AutoBrite, In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, sporting a
resolution of 1,280 by 800 and LED backlit.
Toshiba, which expects to upgrade
the 10 LE to Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, this spring, is billing the
rebranded 10 LE machine as a "luxury tablet," crafted with premium
materials and components.
Toshiba's thin and light
approach with the 10 LE is an about-face from the company's 10.1-inch and
7-inch Toshiba Thrive models, chunky computers wrapped in black, textured
rubber for an easy grip.
Toshiba learned last year
that consumers don't want chunky and textured; they want thin and light, like
Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad 2 or Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate.
One characteristic Toshiba
did carry over from the Thrive models is the array of connectivity interfaces
and ports. The 10 LE sports micro-USB and High-Definition Multimedia Interface
(HDMI) ports, and a micro-SD slot to share content and files with other
The device also boasts a 2-megapixel
front camera and 5MP rear camera to provide photo and video shoots, including
1080p video recording and video chat capabilities. Toshiba also expects the
device to boast eight hours of battery life, which isn't shabby for a tablet so
thin and light.
As for software, the 10 LE
is very much a Google-flavored tablet, coming preloaded with Google Music,
Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Search and the Android Market. Netflix is also part of
the mix for movie lovers.
Toshiba's timing of the
Excite 10 LE is not arbitrary; it comes one day after Apple invited
to its iPad 3 launch event, scheduled for March 7 in San Francisco.
Toshiba clearly wants to
start selling the tablet before consumers can see what Apple has up its sleeve
with its new tablet, which is expected to include a high-resolution screen of
2,048 by 1,536, a more powerful processor and camera.