CES 2012 | Toshiba Excite X10 ultrathin tablet to sell for $529

Toshiba Excite X10 ultrathin tablet to sell for $529
Toshiba Excite X10 ultrathin tablet to sell for $529
The 0.3-inch thick 10.1-inch tablet will hit store shelves before the end of this quarter for $529

The long-rumored and now confirmed successor to the Toshiba AT100 tablet has finally been revealed, complete with prices, specs and even a launch window.

The Toshiba AT200, also known as the Excite X10, will be a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1280x800 resolution display, dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP 4430 CPU, 1GB RAM, micro HDMI, microSD and micro USB connectivity and front-and-rear cameras. Battery life is expected to last for up to 8 hours.

Initial units will reportedly run Android Honeycomb, although an update to ICS is expected later in the year.

The most notable feature, however, is that the tablet will only be 0.3 inches (7.62mm) thick. For comparison, the iPad 2 is 0.346 inches (8.8mm) thick. The fact that Toshiba was able to include dual cameras and a number of physical connectivity options on such a thin tablet is impressive in itself.

The Excite X10 will start at $529 and $599 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively, with a scheduled release sometime by the end of Q1 2012. Still, for such a high starting price of $529, the ultrathin Toshiba tablet may have a tough time competing with potentially less expensive quad-core Tegra 3 tablets later in the year.

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Author: Allen Ngo, 2012-01-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)