On Sunday at CES 2012, Toshiba rolled out a new, ultra-thin tablet with a design that's a complete about-face from the company's existing Android device--the Thrive. Dubbed the Excite X10, Toshiba's new tablet runs on a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor. The X10 has a 1,280X800 pixel 10.1-inch display, Gorilla Glass front panel, 2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera, and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR. It will ship with Android Honeycomb. Toshiba will provide an over-the-air upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.
At a mere 7.7mm thick, the X10 is skinnier than the Asus Transformer Prime (8.3mm), Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 (8.6mm), and Apple iPad 2 (8.8mm). But, the Excite X10's svelte design comes at a cost. Unlike the Thrive, which has full size ports, the X10 can only accommodate a Micro-HDMI port, a Micro-USB 2.0 port, and microSD card slot.
More surprising however, was the answer a Toshiba representative provided when I asked if the X10 supported 4G. According to him, Toshiba was unable to find a 4G module thin enough to fit inside the device. He said the company was working with module manufacturers and carriers to offer a 4G X10 in the future but didn't provide a time frame.
Toshiba plans to ship the Excite X10 in February, with prices starting at $529 for a 16GB model and $599 for a 32GB X10. I can't wait to get my hand on one, crack it open, and see just how cramped the Excite X10's interior really is.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.