Toshiba's 10-inch Excite tablet has been kicking around for some time now, first popping up on our radar as the AT200 back at the beginning of September. Today Toshiba announced that the slate is now known as the Excite 10 LE, and along with the name change, the company also revealed when the Android-powered device will finally be going on sale. The Excite 10 LE will be available "from select U.S. retailers" starting March 6th, with pricing set at $529.99 for the 16GB model or $599.99 for the more capacious 32GB version.
Interested in a quick refresher on what makes the Excite 10 LE tick? You're looking at a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display, 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1GB RAM, and both USB and HDMI ports that are micro in size. Android 3.2 Honeycomb will come preloaded onto the Excite 10 LE when it hits stores, but Toshiba says that an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to hit later in the spring. Toshiba is also touting the Excite 10 LE's size, claiming that it's "the world's thinnest 10-inch tablet" at 7.7mm thick.
The Excite 10 LE isn't Toshiba's first 10-inch Android tablet, as the company also has the Thrive available in that size. However, the Excite looks to have a much more premium look and feel than the company's previous 10-incher. It's kind of a bummer that the Excite won't come with Ice Cream Sandwich preloaded, but the at least anyone interested in the device shouldn't have to wait too long to get a taste of Google's latest dessert. Thinking about picking up the Excite 10 LE? You can find our hands-on with the slate from CES as well as Toshiba's press release down below.
Toshiba Brings World’s Thinnest 10-Inch Tablet to U.S. Market
World’s Thinnest and Lightest 10-inch Tablet, Excite 10 LE, Available for Purchase on March 6, Starting at $529.99
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that the Excite™ 10 LE tablet will be available for purchase from select U.S. retailers on March 6. Previously introduced as the Excite X10, the Excite 10 LE is the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet measuring just 0.3 inches (7.7mm) thin and weighing just 1.18 pounds (535g)1.
“Excite 10 LE embodies what a luxury tablet should be”
The Excite 10 LE tablet, powered by Android™, carries a starting price of $529.99 MSRP2 for the 16GB model and $599.99 MSRP for the 32GB model.
“Excite 10 LE embodies what a luxury tablet should be,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “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.”
A More Premium Design with All the Essentials
The thin and light Excite 10 LE features a vivid high-resolution 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite™ display3, delivering optimum browsing, reading and entertainment. Designed for durability and style, the device also features a high-quality magnesium alloy surface and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass display with an anti-smudge coating for greater resiliency.
The tablet also comes with an array of connectivity interfaces and ports on board, including micro-USB and HDMI® ports, a micro-SD slot to share content and files with other devices, plus Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity. Stereo speakers with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS® Labs deliver superior audio capabilities. Front and back HD cameras provide convenient photo capture, plus 1080p video recording and video chatting.
Smart Multicore Performance with Long Battery Life
Powered by the 1.2GHz Texas Instruments OMAP™ 4430 multicore mobile processor4 and dual-channel memory, the Excite 10 LE offers smooth web browsing and multitasking plus the performance for high definition video and entertainment. Extremely power efficient, the Excite 10 LE delivers up to 8 hours of battery life5.
Powered by Android
The Excite 10 LE tablet features Android 3.2, Honeycomb, and will be upgraded to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich later this Spring. Also included is a full suite of familiar Google™ Mobile Service applications, including the Android Market™, YouTube™, Gmail™, Google Maps™, Music, Videos. Additionally, the tablet comes pre-loaded with a mix of Toshiba software and third-party applications including TOSHIBA App Place, TOSHIBA Book Place, TOSHIBA Media Player, TOSHIBA File Manager as well Netflix™ and Zinio™.
Docking and Accessories
Toshiba will also offer a suite of tablet accessories for the Excite 10 LE, including a docking station, multiple cases and more.
Android 3.2, Honeycomb (upgradeable to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich)
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 configurations6
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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