January 12, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The Toshiba Thrive, Toshiba’s first Android tablet, is a huge device. The Excite X10, Toshiba’s latest competitor in the ever-growing tablet market, is most definitely not. At 0.3 inches thin and 1.18 lbs, the Excite X10 is a compressed piece of hardware that looks like it put on its Sunday’s best and is ready to hit the town.
There’s no word when exactly the Excite X10 will hit the town, or retail stores to be more specific, but the tablet looks ready to compete. It has many of the requisite specs in today’s tablet market, including a dual-core processor (TI OMAP 4), 10-inch touchscreen, and 16 or 32 GB of space. The frame is the best design I’ve seen from Toshiba mobile yet, and the lightness and slender is the best that I’ve seen yet. Some hardcore gamers may balk at the OMAP instead of the improved graphics available with a Tegra 3, but all others have every reason to consider the X10.
Toshiba managed to take the things that were great about the Thrive – lots of ports and a big screen – and ditch the negatives without sacrificing too much. Users still have ports for USB, HDMI, and microSD, so connectivity options remain. The CES convention hall is too noisy to gauge audio quality, but volume was good, and placement of the speakers with SRS audio should lead to balanced sound.
The back of the Excite 10 is a durable magnesium alloy, the same quality used in Toshiba’s high-end laptop. Further impressing the premium feel is the scratch-reducing Gorilla Glass with an anti-smudge coating to reduce fingerprints. The device was manhandled all day, so we can’t validate those claims reasonably yet, but Toshiba says, “In everyday use, smudges will be reduced significantly.”
You’ll pay $529 for a 16 GB model and $599 for a 32 GB. The device is likely to be released in Q1 or Q2 2012.