There’s a combat going on among the brand electronic companies across the world as they try to battle out each other in terms of launching newer tablets. With Apple’s recent announcement that iPad 3 is going to launch very soon, several other manufacturers are in line with launching their own tablets in order to provide a tough fight to iPad, the slayer tablet. Well with all the tablets launch the ultimate spotlight comes down to Android VS iOS as Toshiba is launching its razor-thin tablet just a day before Apple’s iPad event.
We gotta acknowledge Toshiba as it is indeed a brave move and it would take something special from them to ensure a healthy competition against the tablet giants. Toshiba’s new tablet is named as Excite 10 LE and it will be launching in the United States. This tablet was formerly known as Excite X10 for various other countries and it was showcased at Consumer Electronics Show as well as at Mobile World Congress event. This tablet was previously released in Japan as Regza AT7000, and in the U.K. at the beginning of February, as AT200. Let’s now move on to take a quick glance at the features and specifications of this “Thinnest Tablet Of The World” as claimed by Toshiba.
FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS:
Toshiba Excite 10 LE sure seems to be high on specs as it sports a 10.1-inch diagonal IPS based AutoBrite capacitive touchscreen with Super AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass display and 10-finger multi-touch support. It has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels with 16M color support & 16:9 aspect ratio. It impresses everyone through its thinness as it is housed within a dimension of 6.93 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches (176 x 256 x 7.6 mm) and weighs just 1.18 pounds that is 535gm.
OS & Memory:
In that magnesium-alloy body lies a dual core TI OMAP 4430 Cortex A9 processor running at 1.2 Ghz with 1 GB of RAM. It comes in two variants of internal storage capacity that is 16 GB and 32 GB with the option to expand the memory capacity to 32 GB via micro SD card slot. Coming down to the Operating system used Toshiba Excite 10 LE will house in Honeycomb 3.2 which is yes kinda disheartening for all those Android fans expecting Android 4.0 ICS. However Toshiba did promise that it will receive a timely update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system during Spring as the hardware is compatible to run ICS very smoothly.
Camera & Connectivity:
It has a 2MP front facing camera mainly for video chat and video calls and a higher quality 5MP camera at the rear side to take photos and videos of 1080p HD quality at 30 fps. It offers connectivity features like Micro USB 2.0, Micro HDMI ports, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. This tablet also comes with Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS, eCompass and Ambient Light Sensor features. It supports FM Radio with RDS and has Stereo speakers with sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs. It supports audio files in MP3, AAC, AAC+, WAV formats and video files in MP4, H.264, H.263 formats. Other features include Android Market, Google Talk, Gmail, Google Maps, Google +, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Text to Speech, Google Voice Search, Adobe Flash and Digital Compass.
It features a standard built-in 25 watt-hour rechargeable Li-Ion battery that provides up to 8 hours of standby.
Toshiba Excite 10 LE tablet will be available for purchase from March 6, 2012 onwards at some selected U.S. retailers just a day before the launch of Apple iPad 3 tablet. It will be offered in a single color that is black and will be priced as per the memory. The 16 GB variant will be available for $ 540 while the 32 GB variant will be sold at $ 599. This tablet would be available in UK at a price of £ 399 for 16 GB model and at £ 499 for 32 GB variant. Yes it is no doubt pretty expensive as Toshiba terms it as a “luxury tablet”.