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article imageToshiba debuts world's thinnest, lightest tablet

By Sean Fraser     Feb 29, 2012 in Technology
In the wake of Apple's announcement of the debut of the iPad 3, Toshiba has decided to counter the gadget giant with their own offering, the Excite X10 LE, the world's thinnest and lightest tablet PC.
TechCrunch reports that Toshiba decided to change up its tablet strategy, going from bulky but user-friendly with their Thrive line of tablets, to lighter and thinner with the Excite.
The Excite still has excellent connectivity, boasting MicroUSB, HDMI, and SD Card slots along with WiFi and Bluetooth. The tablet only measures 0.3in in thickness and weighs 1.18 pounds, compared to the iPad's 0.34in thickness and 1.33 pound weight, according to PCWorld.
Along with being thin and light, the Excite is quite fast. Inside its waifish frame is a dual core, 1.2 Ghz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor (Toshiba is the first company to use the TI OMAP processor in their tablets) with 1 GB of RAM. Dual cameras, a 5 megapixel camera capable of 1080p HD video on the back and a 2 megapixel one for video chat on the front, give the Excite similar functionality as the iPad.
The Excite does lack 3G and 4G connectivity, however. The OS out of the box is Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but upgrading to the new 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later this spring.
The Excite made its debut at this year's CES, earning the Best Tablet award. There are 16 GB and 32 GB versions priced at $529 and $599 respectively.
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