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Toshiba Excite X10 tablet too thin for 4G

At CES 2012, Toshiba unveiled a new, ultra-thin 10" tablet. Dubbed the Excite, the Android device is a mere 7.7mm thick--too thin for current 4G modules.

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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5 comments
8lackie
8lackie

This kind of retro design is poor marketing. It's one of the myriad of reasons I stay away from Apple. The greed of releasing a model, then 6mos-1yr later releasing an "improved" model for the same or higher price does not breed allegiance. Whom do they think they're exciting exactly?! I'm still with my samsung net-book and very satisfied and not in the least tempted (yet) by the jetsam of releases. Even the mighty ipad I believe is still in its infancy. I think Toshiba is taking the piss.

BuySellWordPress
BuySellWordPress

In my opinion, the price is too high for this device. I understand that it has many important features and opportunities, but still it isn't an explanation for such a high price

squirrelpie0
squirrelpie0

Yes, too much. Was waiting for the ultimate tablet, having tried and returned a Kindle, an Acer Iconia, a Lenovo Ideapad, DOA, and finally a Asus Transformer. Still waiting, The Transformer was the best of the lot but became unreliable on start up or failed to start- I think the 'start' button. Still cranking away on my old Vostro laptop and waiting for better apps and better prices. P.S. Get rid of the non topic spam entries just prior to this post

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I understand that products take time to design, manufacture, and market. Sometimes, by the time a product finally launches, technology has already passed it by, or soon will. (I'm looking at you Droid Bionic.) So, I can't help but wonder if the same could be said for Toshiba's new 10-inch Android tablet--the Excite X10. It looks like a good tablet, with an ultra-thin design and nice features. But with pricing that start at $529 (16GB version), I'm not sure it can compete with the quad-core tablets that are starting to hit the market, like the Asus Transformer Prime. Perhaps the X10's super-thin case didn't allow enough space for a quad-core chip (as was the case for existing 4G modules), or the chip's specs weren't available during the design process. Whatever the reason, not using a premium processor, but charging a premium price might be the X10's downfall.

rpollard
rpollard

I don't see the justification. Especially since the quad cores won't be much different and the iPad is right in there as well.