Tablets

Toshiba Excite 10 LE tablet coming to U.S. March 1 for $529

February 29, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

Toshiba Tablets

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Toshiba has confirmed that it will deliver the Toshiba X10, now known as the Excite 10 LE, to the U.S. market next month. The Android tablet will arrive in a Wi-Fi-only 16 GB model retailing for $529. A larger 32 GB model will cost $599. Toshiba has pegged March 6, 2012 as the release date for the Excite 10. When the tablet debuts, it will have Android 3.2 powering the software, though Toshiba claims an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will arrive later this spring. And while the dated software may disappoint, the hardware may be enough to attract others. The Excite 10′s design and building materials are a prime example of premium features. The device has magnesium alloy on the rear and sides, and the display is protected by the durable Corning Gorilla Glass. The frame also is very thin (0.3 inches) and light (1.18 pounds) to enable portability. You may recall that I loved the physical design of the Excite during my hands-on video at CES, and was impressed that the company managed to squeeze those ports into such a tight frame. Now the question will be if others are willing to fork over the money for the premium experience. In my previous post about Android’s struggles to encourage tablet adoption, people noted price as the biggest roadblock. The Excite X10 does nothing to entice budget shoppers, so it will instead have to appeal to someone who wants a tablet and wants the best in design. Will these specs be enough to attract those users?

  • Android 3.2, Honeycomb (upgradeable to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 10.1-inch diagonal LED Backlit widescreen Corning Gorilla Glass display with IPS technology and 10-finger multi-touch support
  • 1280 x 800 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 multicore processor; 1.2GHz with 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • 16GB and 32GB configurations6
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • Micro USB, Micro HDMI ports
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS, eCompass and Ambient Light Sensor
  • Stereo speakers with sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs
  • Built-in 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • 10.1” (W) x 6.9” (D) x 0.3” (H)
  • 1.18 pounds (535g)