Toshiba Excite X10 at CES 2012

Toshiba dropped a bit of a bomb on CES 2012 by announcing a 10-inch Android tablet that just so happens to be the slimmest one ever. The Toshiba Excite X10 edges out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a 7.7 mm thickness - a full 1.1 mm thinner, and on par with the Droid RAZR. As you might expect, the thing is pretty light too, weighing in at just under 1.2 pounds. Battery life apparently hasn't been sacrificed in the process, as Toshiba is aiming for 8 hours, and there's plenty of horsepower under the hood. The Excite X10 is packs a dual-core 1.2 GHz OMAP 4430 processor, 1 GB of RAM and has a solid 1280 x 800 IPS touch display. All of the usual stuff is also on there, like a 5 megapixel camera on the back, 2 megapixel shooter on the front, accelerometer, and Wi-Fi. 

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Toshiba's previous tablet, the Thrive, made a name for itself by offering a wide variety of inputs, and though USB, HDMI, and SD are also found on the Toshiba Excite X10, all formats are downsized to their micro-sized cousins. On the software side, the Excite updates Toshiba's Thrive customizations with a new file manager and DLNA media sharing capabilities. It's just too bad that there doesn't seem like there's going to be a cellular version of this; if they were able to cram LTE into this bad boy, it would be pretty sweet. 

In the slimness arms race, Toshiba has done a pretty great job, even if their Android customizations don't have much flavour. With something that slim and light, I would be worried about the construction if it wasn't for the the magnesium alloy backing and Gorilla glass front face. 

Pricing will start at $520 for the 16 GB model, and $600 for the 32 GB version when it launches this quarter, which is entirely reasonable in the grand scheme of tablets. Anyone biting? Is skinny your thing? You can take a closer look at press shots and specs over here

Toshiba Excite X10 at CES 2012

Toshiba Excite X10 at CES 2012

Toshiba Excite X10 at CES 2012

 

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Hands-on with the Toshiba Excite X10

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Asus has set the bar on specs + price, everyone else is just tripping over that bar.
Paying more for less seems to be the new business model.

Definitely agree. To compete at that price point in the android tablet market now they need quad core. This would look like an awesome tablet if it were a bit cheaper.

It LOOKS like an awesome tablet, price notwithstanding. Surely I'd also be happier with it costing a hundred bucks less, but for the design/features combo it does seem a very worthy offer, compared to the alternatives.

I think I'm in the minority when I say that I don't like how devices are aiming to be the skinniest. I personally like to hold something on the thicker side. Don't get me wrong though, I don't wanna hold something extremely heavy but at the same time I don't wanna feel like I'm gonna snap my device in half while using it.

Huh?? I use my tablet everywhere with the cover on it. If a cover gives it the thickness you want, why would you take it off just because you're using it at home?!?!?

As a preference I don't use cases while at home. My Flyer only ever goes in its sleeve when I take it out. Not everyone likes to use a case.

$520 is definitely too much--when I can get the Prime for less than that and get more power.

Much as I dislike the iPad 2, if you want to compete, your tablet has to be cheaper than one.

iPad2 starts at $499 for the base model, and goes above $800 for the high-end. For the extra features I'd get from an Android tablet, $21 is a premium I will neglect happily.

What's the point of thin, when you don't have cases/covers available that keep it thin? I bought the thinnest tablet you can buy (a Galaxy Tab 10.1) and put the thinnest cover on it that I could find. Then I got an iPad 2 to try and with the Belkin snap-on back cover and a Smart Cover for the front, the iPad was WAY thinner than the GTab.

I returned them both to wait for a quad core Android tablet that is as thin as an iPad 2 when you comparing them both WITH COVERS ON, and am sticking with my CM7 TouchPad for now. If nothing suitable comes along, I may end up getting the iPad 3. I definitely want my tablet to have a cover over the front and back. The iPad 2, with the Smart Cover is REALLY nice (ergonomically). Plus, the 4:3 aspect ratio is better (for me, anyway) for reading eBooks and Web pages, than the Transformer's (just as one example) widescreen format. Widescreen is too narrow for Portrait reading and too short for Landscape reading.

In regards to the G-Tab 10.1, the OEM Book Cover Case was a form fitted case that did not add bulk to the tablet.

The Tab sits in the case and retains its remarkably thin profile, while providing full protection for the tablet on both front and back.

The case came at a premium though. I believe I paid $59 for mine directly from Samsung. I think the case is currently selling for $49?

That's all well and good, but the skin cases provide ZERO protection. Even the shortest drop with a skin case is tablet death.

Interesting. I've never seen one of those. Is the GTab with the cover on as thin as an iPad 2 with the Belkin snap-on back cover and the Apple Smart Cover on the front?

I didn't keep GTab long enough to spend much time researching covers online. The GTab has a firmware issue that makes it pretty much useless for handwritten stylus input and once I found and confirmed that, it went back the next day.

Regarding aspect ratio, most text is closer to 10:16 than to 3:4. If you take HP TouchPad and Samsung 10.1 for example, the width of the widescreen Samsung tablet in portrait is only 0.48'' (or 8%) less than the HP, while offering 800 pixels vs 768, so it's not really any worse for books and is better for webpages. The difference is the additional vertical space that you get from the widescreen tablets, which shouldn't be a problem provided that they are lightweight enough.

Who cares about LTE radios? I don't think too many people want to pay for another data plan. The only problem with wifi only models is you can't get any sort of subsidy on the price up front. I guess that's why I haven't jumped on the tablet band wagon yet. 500 bucks for something to surf the web on the couch? No thanks. I just can't see myself using one enough.

I like Toshiba but the price is too high. If they (Android) expects to compete with Apple tablets the price needs to be $399 or less for a 10 incher, anything over that you might as well get an ipad2.

From the looks of it, the consumer is paying extra for the industrial design and being able to say they have the world thinnest tablet. But I don't understand how they intend to sell this thing based on that fact alone. It is 7.7mm vs the TF Prime 8.3mm, but I could care less. I find that my TF Prime has kind of sharp edges being that thin, but a case will fix that soon enough. Why would anyone pay more for a lower spec device? For $100 less, you get a better processor, the same build quality or better, a great screen, probably a better camera, ICS, very timely updates, and the ability to get keyboard dock. Big company pricing structures confuse the hell out of me.

One big reason to get an X10 over a Prime is the screen aspect ratio. I think, for a tablet that you're going to use as an eReader, Internet browser, gaming device, and email client, the 4:3 screens (like the iPad and HP TouchPad) work a lot better than the 16:10 screens (like the Prime).

To me, the only real advantage of the Transformer widescreen format is when you're docking it to a keyboard and using it like a laptop (which I personally have no desire or reason to do - I have a real laptop for laptop tasks).

I don't know if it makes much of a difference, but this one comes with an OMAP processor, which I heard ICS was optimized for specifically. I realize it's only dual core vs the quad core in the Prime, but it might be relevant.

That's not quite accurate, as ICS isn't optimized for any chip. OMAP was indeed the initial reference platform for ICS, which basically means that TI probably received ICS prototypes first, to get a heard start. However, as we've seen, TI has basically squandered this head start (or was caught up to by NVIDIA, take your pick), as all the initial ICS tablets are on Tegra 3.

I'm worried / somewhat perplexed that this expensive tablet is basically using TI's last generation chip. The OMAP 4430 is an ok "middle of the road" chip, found in the Kindle Fire (certainly not a speed demon) and the HP Touchpad (slow unless overclocked); the recent quad core tablets are noticeably faster and more powerful than these. ICS will definitely provide performance gains, but that's true across all Android processors (Qualcomm, TI, NVIDIA).