Toshiba unveils world's thinnest 10-inch tablet [Update]

Whether you like them or not, there's no getting around the fact that Apple has been a major proponent of the thin-and-light mantra, with both the MacBook Air and iPad making their notebook and tablet rivals look embarrassingly fat and heavy. But Apple's competitors are fighting back. Just yesterday, Acer showed off its stunning new Ultrabook, the Aspire S5, which will take on the Air in the ultra-portable notebook segment.

But while there have been many pretenders to the iPad's crown over the last few months, none have managed to dethrone Apple's ‘magical' slate. Toshiba hopes to change that with its new Excite X10, which it claims is the thinnest 10-inch tablet the world has ever seen.

At just 7.7mm thick, the X10 is 12.5% slimmer than the iPad 2, and at 535g, it's a good deal lighter than the Apple's 601g too.

It shows up the iPad in other ways too - in addition to a micro-USB port, the Excite also has a micro-SD slot and a micro-HDMI port, along with a docking port. Connectivity is what you'd expect of a modern tablet, with wi-fi (b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1, along with GPS and compass. A light sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope are all present too.  

There's a 2MP front-facing camera, and on the back, a 5MP shooter with LED flash, capable of recording 1080p video. The magnesium alloy body also houses stereo speakers - with SRS enhancements, we're told - but let's face it, these aren't going to replace your home cinema system, so don't expect too much of them.

Of course, there's also that 10.1” IPS display, with 1280x800px resolution, LED-backlighting and 10-finger multi-touch support - all protected with trusty Gorilla Glass, and an anti-smudge coating to discourage your greasy paws from messing up the screen.

A 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor keeps things ticking, along with 1GB RAM, and 16GB ($530) and 32GB ($600) storage options. Business Insider claims that Toshiba is hoping to ship the tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board, but it may end up selling it with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and releasing ICS as an update later (Tosh claims that the device is "ICS-ready" according to Engadget.)

So, it all looks rather good really - but will it finally beat Apple's iPad 2 at its game? Will it even succeed in beating its Android rivals, such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Transformer Prime? We'll have to wait and see - but with many more devices still to come at CES, it's clear that Toshiba will have plenty of competition to fight off.

Update: Toshiba confirmed to us last night that the tablet will be WiFi only. They will examine 3G/4G option in the future if the market requests one, but there are currently no plans for such an offering.

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thin isn't everything. somehow these hardware makers and their buying idiots don't get it. but who care? as long as money switch hands ...

Android isn't going to beat Apple just yet no matter how pretty the tablets are. The issue is simple. iPad offers a lot as far as Apple offering music and video and games, while Android is on the same footing. They need to offer more.

I would say, include 3G/4G, but don't raise the price point. Make the tablet unlocked so you can pick the carrier you want. You know, like they do in other countries.

The reason on ipad sells in the WiFi model only is we dont want to be dicatated on which carrier to use. Offer a 34G tablet flat out. No carrier lock and sell them at Best Buy or wherever and we will buy them.

Yeah right. The 16GB WiFi model will retail for $799. Good luck with that. Then there's the fact that it's running Crapdroid and no AppleCare.

The minimalistic nature of the tablet form factor is what makes them thin. It has nothing to do with Apple. Early tablets were thick and ugly because back then, making them as thin as they are now, would have made them more costly.

Now that chips manufacturing cost are down, and assembly of such is also down, tablet makers can go then without lots of cost. Which means they can sell them at the price point they want too.

The iPad has nothing to do with how them tablets are. Same for notebooks. IBM and others have had then notebooks for years. Even thinner than Macbooks. These weer saved for the expensive end of the line where only businesses could afford them. All Apple did was make them avail for mainstream audiences. Now they all are following.

Apple's lawyers are going to have a field day with this....

Looks cool. If it is as good as it looks, may have to check it out.

looks a lot better then their other tablets and better yet doesn't have a tegra processor. If it has a 3G option might be worth looking into when it releases so long as it isn't too expensive.

Digitalx said,
looks a lot better then their other tablets and better yet doesn't have a tegra processor. If it has a 3G option might be worth looking into when it releases so long as it isn't too expensive.

It is very nice looking. Toshiba's been putting more energy into making their devices pretty lately. I like the trend. lol

Nice tab, but is there a way to change the OS or is it locked in to running Android? Like could you wipe it and install Windows 8 for ARM on it?

Enron said,
Nice tab, but is there a way to change the OS or is it locked in to running Android? Like could you wipe it and install Windows 8 for ARM on it?

I'm thinking windows 8 for ARM will never get out to enthusiasts, but be left in the hands of ODMs.

Can tablets like this connect to a usb hdd and copt stuff to it ie a video shot from a dslr. 32gb just isn't enough for films and home-shot video.

dancedar said,
Can tablets like this connect to a usb hdd and copt stuff to it ie a video shot from a dslr. 32gb just isn't enough for films and home-shot video.

i would imagine win8 tablets would have no issues with this

dancedar said,
Can tablets like this connect to a usb hdd and copt stuff to it ie a video shot from a dslr. 32gb just isn't enough for films and home-shot video.

AFAIK Android 4 features USB host, so you should be able to do that.

dancedar said,
Can tablets like this connect to a usb hdd and copt stuff to it ie a video shot from a dslr. 32gb just isn't enough for films and home-shot video.

I can't see a problem with that. As ichi said, Android 3.1 and above can operate as a USB host (the same was as a desktop OS), so as long as it can read the hard disc format, there should be no problem.

ichi said,

AFAIK Android 4 features USB host, so you should be able to do that.

i have the previous version, I can put external HD on it or even a Wired Xbox 360 controller. I have even charged a friends iPad when his battery was low (cheers for user replaceable battery)

Whats up with the tablets being sideways? If I'm on a tablet, I'd most likely hold it as if it was an iPad, just seems easier.

Dinggus said,
Whats up with the tablets being sideways? If I'm on a tablet, I'd most likely hold it as if it was an iPad, just seems easier.

Um .. you mean landscape? The vast majority of tablet users work in landscape almost all the time .. and . "Hold it if it was an ipad" yeah ahaha you need to hold it a certain way because of Apple's poor design .. and dude .. if you are so obsessed about the ipad well then get a bloody ipad then.

sam232 said,

Um .. you mean landscape? The vast majority of tablet users work in landscape almost all the time .. and . "Hold it if it was an ipad" yeah ahaha you need to hold it a certain way because of Apple's poor design .. and dude .. if you are so obsessed about the ipad well then get a bloody ipad then.

wait, the Ipad can't go into landscape mode? and people use them in landscape because most web pages are 1024+ wide, viewing them on 800 wide would be strange... at least from the little i've used one

Buttus said,

wait, the Ipad can't go into landscape mode? and people use them in landscape because most web pages are 1024+ wide, viewing them on 800 wide would be strange... at least from the little i've used one

Yeah, I personally would expect any tablet to have a portrait and landscape mode... I know that I would use both for instance...

sam232 said,

Um .. you mean landscape? The vast majority of tablet users work in landscape almost all the time .. and . "Hold it if it was an ipad" yeah ahaha you need to hold it a certain way because of Apple's poor design .. and dude .. if you are so obsessed about the ipad well then get a bloody ipad then.

I swap between portrait and landscape all the time. I almost always web browse in landscape. The design is fine.

sam232 said,

Um .. you mean landscape? The vast majority of tablet users work in landscape almost all the time .. and . "Hold it if it was an ipad" yeah ahaha you need to hold it a certain way because of Apple's poor design .. and dude .. if you are so obsessed about the ipad well then get a bloody ipad then.

I was simply asking a question, I find the iPad design not poor. But to each their own.

This looks amazing.. but coming in more expensive than the ipad i think it will struggle to gain momentum... it might be popular in the tech-savvy world.. but i can't see general consumer buying this over ipad, especially with ipad being cheaper. It's less about the spec and more about the eco system/apps...

Uplift said,
This looks amazing.. but coming in more expensive than the ipad i think it will struggle to gain momentum... it might be popular in the tech-savvy world.. but i can't see general consumer buying this over ipad, especially with ipad being cheaper. It's less about the spec and more about the eco system/apps...

I think we will see the rapid rise of Android tablet marketshare this year with all the tablets being announced at the moment.

Truth, a lot of people buy a ipad just because its a ipad. these days with technology people dont buy a specs they buy on brand name.

dafin0 said,
Truth, a lot of people buy a ipad just because its a ipad. these days with technology people dont buy a specs they buy on brand name.

True but consumers are not stupid. When they see a lot of Tablets running Android they are bound to put two and two together.

sam232 said,

I think we will see the rapid rise of Android tablet marketshare this year with all the tablets being announced at the moment.

The reason Android did well in the phone market was because they were hitting cheap price points. So far I'm not seeing any Tablets that are priced that well... On brand, the average consumer doesn't care if it's Android, but they DO care if it's Apple or Windows... It's just different.

M_Lyons10 said,

The reason Android did well in the phone market was because they were hitting cheap price points.

That's a myth created by Apple fanboys who are furious at Android for taking away their marketshare. The vast majority of Android smartphones are in the mid to upper range with the cheap ones only making a fraction of the marketshare. Android does well because it offers OEMs flexibility and offers consumers choice.

sam232 said,

That's a myth created by Apple fanboys who are furious at Android for taking away their marketshare. The vast majority of Android smartphones are in the mid to upper range with the cheap ones only making a fraction of the marketshare. Android does well because it offers OEMs flexibility and offers consumers choice.

No it's not... most android phones are free, the Samsung Galaxy SII is free on certain plans or your charged around £50 one off fee for the cheaper contracts... if you want a free iphone the plans are quite expensive and for cheaper plans you end up paying around £100. When the iPhone 4 came out i paid £120 for it on my contract... it's a price point the low-end of wont want to hit, the android is the next best thing..

Uplift said,

No it's not... most android phones are free, the Samsung Galaxy SII is free on certain plans or your charged around £50 one off fee for the cheaper contracts... if you want a free iphone the plans are quite expensive and for cheaper plans you end up paying around £100. When the iPhone 4 came out i paid £120 for it on my contract... it's a price point the low-end of wont want to hit, the android is the next best thing..

Exactly. It's hardly a myth when I see it with my own eyes...

sam232 said,
They need to have a 3G version on launch otherwise it will fail.

I have the current Toshiba without 3G as well, but I just use a MiFi (mobile internet over wifi router) that supports 5 devices.

Soldiers33 said,
that device is beautiful. I wish I had the money to get that.

Its okay bro , you may want to stand with me on foothpath