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.