Feb 29 AT 2:07 PM Edgar Cervantes 44 Comments

Toshiba Excite 10 LE to be released in the US March 6

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Previously known as the Toshiba Excite X10, this super-thin tablet was unveiled last January at CES. Besides the thinness and awesome magnesium alloy casing, the tablet failed to impress us all that much. But if you’re looking for a tablet with good looks and average specs, this one can be yours in just a week (March 6).

There are two versions of the Excite 10 LE: one with 16 GB of internal storage and another with 32 GB. As we have already mentioned, the tablets will cost $529.99 and $599.99 respectively. This happens to be more expensive than tablets like the ASUS Transformer Prime, which offers a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and improved performance. Not to mention the fact that the $250 Tegra 3 MeMo is also on its way.

Toshiba Excite 10 LE Specifications

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb “upgradeable to Android 4.0″
  • 10.1-inch 1280x800p IPS display, with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.2 GHz OMAP 4430 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of internal storage (with microSD slot)
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera / 2 MP front-facing
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Micro USB, Micro HDMI ports

At this point, we should expect tablets such as these to be more affordable. After our hands-on time at CES, we loved the build and feel of the tablet, though. If you want the thinnest and lightest, this might be a great option for you.

Check out our hands-on video below and give us your opinion. Are any of you considering this device? It sure is good-looking!

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Toshiba Brings World’s Thinnest 10-Inch Tablet to U.S. Market

World’s Thinnest and Lightest 10-inch Tablet, Excite 10 LE, Available for Purchase on March 6, Starting at $529.99

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that the Exciteâ„¢ 10 LE tablet will be available for purchase from select U.S. retailers on March 6. Previously introduced as the Excite X10, the Excite 10 LE is the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet measuring just 0.3 inches (7.7mm) thin and weighing just 1.18 pounds (535g).

“We have engineered this tablet with premium materials and components, given it elegant yet durable styling and more connectivity options than any other tablet in its class, while fitting everything into an astonishingly thin and light design.”

The Excite 10 LE tablet, powered by Androidâ„¢, carries a starting price of $529.99 MSRP2 for the 16GB model and $599.99 MSRP for the 32GB model.
“Excite 10 LE embodies what a luxury tablet should be,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We have engineered this tablet with premium materials and components, given it elegant yet durable styling and more connectivity options than any other tablet in its class, while fitting everything into an astonishingly thin and light design.”

A More Premium Design with All the Essentials

The thin and light Excite 10 LE features a vivid high-resolution 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBriteâ„¢ display3, delivering optimum browsing, reading and entertainment. Designed for durability and style, the device also features a high-quality magnesium alloy surface and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass display with an anti-smudge coating for greater resiliency.
The tablet also comes with an array of connectivity interfaces and ports on board, including micro-USB and HDMI® ports, a micro-SD slot to share content and files with other devices, plus Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity. Stereo speakers with exclusive sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS® Labs deliver superior audio capabilities. Front and back HD cameras provide convenient photo capture, plus 1080p video recording and video chatting.

Smart Multicore Performance with Long Battery Life
Powered by the 1.2GHz Texas Instruments OMAPâ„¢ 4430 multicore mobile processor4 and dual-channel memory, the Excite 10 LE offers smooth web browsing and multitasking plus the performance for high definition video and entertainment. Extremely power efficient, the Excite 10 LE delivers up to 8 hours of battery life.

Powered by Android

The Excite 10 LE tablet features Android 3.2, Honeycomb, and will be upgraded to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich later this Spring. Also included is a full suite of familiar Googleâ„¢ Mobile Service applications, including the Android Marketâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢, Music, Videos. Additionally, the tablet comes pre-loaded with a mix of Toshiba software and third-party applications including TOSHIBA App Place, TOSHIBA Book Place, TOSHIBA Media Player, TOSHIBA File Manager as well Netflixâ„¢ and Zinioâ„¢.

Docking and Accessories

Toshiba will also offer a suite of tablet accessories for the Excite 10 LE, including a docking station, multiple cases and more.

Specifications

- 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)

Image Gallery: http://bit.ly/Excite10LE

Via: Engadget

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  • spazby

    Good luck selling this

    • Jeff Pan

      $529.99 and $599.99 respectively! Very nice Toshiba!

    • jonathan3579

      It looks good…and that’s all I can say about it.

      • delinear

        I does look good, but I wonder if that brushed metal body will result in the same connection issues other tablets have seen.

  • YMS123

    Looks nice, but its not the tablet for me

  • Bryan Stoner

    The specs are kinda sad but they certainly make up for that in build quality.

  • mercado79

    whoever prices these tablets must be completely out of touch. or they just don’t care about selling any, but just want to make it seem like they’re an established brand… maybe for when they start selling windows 8 tablets. i imagine those will be more expensive right off the bat.

    • Jon Garrett

      this is why Android tablets are “struggling” according to Samsung but they still keep shooting themselves in the foot.

  • Trinhbo

    It’s funny that Toshiba opted to sell this the day before the iPad 3 press event. Let’s see how many sales this move will steal away from Apple. /sarcasm

    Come on Android! Stop shooting yourselves in the foot with crappy pricing and even crappier specs. It’s all about value. If you create a lower tiered device with a few good features, it’s great value at $200.

    It’s even harder to sell something with a lot of features at $500 but only if you can show consumers where the value is. Apple’s ecosystem alone adds a lot of value to their iPads which is why they can get away with charging $500 as a starting point. Android unfortunately does not have many good tablet specific apps so it’s harder to convince consumers to spend $500 for a similar product.

    • ion orov

      Amen brother… I’m starting to despair at the continuing idiocy by Google and the tablet makers. Its like they’re wrapped in this weird bubble where the ipad doesn’t exist.

      At least this Toshiba isn’t so bad. Has an mSD slot (awesome!), mHDMI (double awesome!). It looks good and has a nice screen.

      But its on the lagtastic Honeycomb and has yesterday’s guts… and they still have the cheek to sell it for $500+. Sigh.

      Ipad3 will be released in a few days and will blow away every existing tablet. I’ve yet to see anything at MWC that can counter. Man… Google and android tablets are screwed.

    • anamika

      $500 is still good. Asus launched 64GB prime in India for $1000!!!

  • Andrew Goodwin

    Why can’t anyone put one solid piece of hardware together. great look, great everything, but the specs are down and the price is up?!?!?!?!?!?!?! NOPE, sorry boys ill settle for worse looking hardware, to have great specs and price.

    • Xpeira Fever

      It’s quite simple really, the aesthetics and build quality often go hand in hand and it simply isn’t cheap to make something look good, unless of course your 1 of those filthy slags from many of todays reality shows, they’re often very pleasing on the eye and very, very, cheap !!

    • Bpear96

      Hmm let me think.. Transformer Prime? Its nice looking, and great specs!

      • ion orov

        … and costs an arm and a leg (especially here in Aus)… sigh

      • http://hubpages.com/profile/ibbarkingmad ibbarkingmad

        I agree. If I’m going to drop 500 bones (which I have) I’m gonna get a great tablet with a form factor that sets it a part.

  • sere83

    LOL, Toshiba must be completely off their face on crack if they think they are gonna sell any of these with that spec at that price point. This spec is almost the same as The Archos G9 101 which is almost $200 less. (less ram, no back Cam)

    Incidentally SmartQ have just released the Ten3 which has a Dual core 1GHZ Omap 4430, 1GB, lower res 1024×768 display and no back camera but is running 4.0.3 out the box and the price in China….$238

    They will also soon release the T20 which has a better 1.5Ghz Dual Core Omap 4460, 1280×800 IPS panel, HDMI 4.0, ICS 4.0.3, 1GB Ram and 16GB memory for China price…..$300

    Toshiba need a reality check.

    • delinear

      There are plenty of people who value form over function, but even so this is a lot of money to drop on a tablet when there are cheaper, more powerful and just as visually interesting devices on the market. I suspect a few people who don’t understand specs will happily pay extra for the kuds of such a compact device, Toshiba are obviously banking on that being a big enough market to make it worthwhile.

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    LOL @ the price. I ask again….who is in charge of these ridiculous pricing decisions?

    Or do they think it’s cute to price them high so they can say they are on sale when they drop the price?

    • reddragonman

      My guess would be dart board.

      • ion orov

        or an ouija board and the ghost of Steve Jobs

  • s2fan

    If they want to compete with Apple, toshiba, acer, samsung, lenovo etc. should seriously think about lowering the prices for these tablets.

  • Galen20K

    I love the build quality of this but since it’s carrying last years specs, the price is completely unreasonable.

  • Slith

    So the thinner they are the more they cost? Are these supermodels?

  • Hall Lo

    This tablet actually looks amazing and very slick, but still the price maybe a little too high :(. Maybe for the business people who loves Android and very good looking tablet?

  • aranea

    if it came with Android 4 and $150-$200 cheaper then it might had a chance as is it’s dead before released.

  • Chris Lewis

    Anyone else notice the fingernails in the photo?

    Besides that the tablet looks cool

  • chinot66

    If they knock $100 buck off i maybe consider it.

  • MoSDeeb

    I Find it tough to be excited about any Toshiba product. I never held that brand in high regard.

  • cb2000a

    Won’t sell well at those prices. Drop $100 off of each and they might.

  • Glen

    hate to say it. Android tablets are going to have a difficult time making any headway now. The lack of many tablets at CES/MWC this year compared to last year shows OEMs know its difficult to compete with Apple on price. Not to mention, impending Win8 release. I just think its best OEMs stop wasting more money and time on tabs. Might as well concentrate on phones in which they are doing well.

    • kzlife

      I agree with you, but it’s nice that everyone is competing as it would make the price lower for the consumers.. But I’m kinda tired of this years android tablets.. they are all the same!

      I’m sorry to say it but android isn’t really ready for tablets, I own the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ and it isn’t as smooth as the ipad and the price were the same =/

  • donger

    agreed with everyone else, this is overpriced.

  • Zac C.

    “But if you’re looking for a tablet with good looks and average specs” – Not much in the mood for another iPad.

  • kzlife

    It’s really great looking but the specs and price doesn’t seem to be worth it.. make these changes and it could stand out from the crowd

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/ibbarkingmad ibbarkingmad

    I’m not sure the thinnest is the thing people really want. We are too busy comparing sizes with Apple we forget all the advantages we have. I wish manufacturers would stop focusing on emulating Apple and actually innovate. So far as I can tell, ASUS is the only company that has taken this to heart and they suffer for distribution issues. Innovation is more than playing the size game with Apple and each other and more to do with trying to fill a need in the market. Tablets as a replacement for the laptop is just scratching the surface.

    • http://hubpages.com/profile/ibbarkingmad ibbarkingmad

      Oh, and pricing is a big deal too. Apple’s stupid overpriced products are not a realistic starting point.

  • jsweetser2

    For the money, i’d get a Prime any day of the week. Silly Toshiba.

  • Kevin

    Edgar, can you give me an estimate as to when AT&T will make this available?

  • yankeesusa

    This is a sweet looking tablet but they may be overpricing it.

  • Tojen

    Asus seems to be the only player in the android tablet market that gets it.

    First tablet with ics.

    One of the first with ics updates for older tabs.

    Value-priced options.

    First 10inch and 7inch quad-core tablets.

    The padfone could be the game changer that Motorola intended for the atrix.

    • vikm

      asus tabs not rly cheaper than competition.

      • Tojen

        Sorry, bad wording. Better term would be most bang for the buck.

  • glovesfootball

    It’s a very nice looking tablet – the best I’ve seen. Although appearance means A LOT to me, performance and price matter too…in this case, mostly price. Toshiba’s asking price is way off for the specs, not to mention they don’t really have the leverage in this market yet to ask such a high price.

  1. Good luck selling this

  2. Looks nice, but its not the tablet for me

  3. The specs are kinda sad but they certainly make up for that in build quality.

  4. whoever prices these tablets must be completely out of touch. or they just don’t care about selling any, but just want to make it seem like they’re an established brand… maybe for when they start selling windows 8 tablets. i imagine those will be more expensive right off the bat.

    • this is why Android tablets are “struggling” according to Samsung but they still keep shooting themselves in the foot.

  5. It’s funny that Toshiba opted to sell this the day before the iPad 3 press event. Let’s see how many sales this move will steal away from Apple. /sarcasm

    Come on Android! Stop shooting yourselves in the foot with crappy pricing and even crappier specs. It’s all about value. If you create a lower tiered device with a few good features, it’s great value at $200.

    It’s even harder to sell something with a lot of features at $500 but only if you can show consumers where the value is. Apple’s ecosystem alone adds a lot of value to their iPads which is why they can get away with charging $500 as a starting point. Android unfortunately does not have many good tablet specific apps so it’s harder to convince consumers to spend $500 for a similar product.

    • ion orovGuest 3 years ago

      Amen brother… I’m starting to despair at the continuing idiocy by Google and the tablet makers. Its like they’re wrapped in this weird bubble where the ipad doesn’t exist.

      At least this Toshiba isn’t so bad. Has an mSD slot (awesome!), mHDMI (double awesome!). It looks good and has a nice screen.

      But its on the lagtastic Honeycomb and has yesterday’s guts… and they still have the cheek to sell it for $500+. Sigh.

      Ipad3 will be released in a few days and will blow away every existing tablet. I’ve yet to see anything at MWC that can counter. Man… Google and android tablets are screwed.

    • anamikaGuest 3 years ago

      $500 is still good. Asus launched 64GB prime in India for $1000!!!

  6. Andrew GoodwinGuest 3 years ago

    Why can’t anyone put one solid piece of hardware together. great look, great everything, but the specs are down and the price is up?!?!?!?!?!?!?! NOPE, sorry boys ill settle for worse looking hardware, to have great specs and price.

    • Xpeira FeverGuest 3 years ago

      It’s quite simple really, the aesthetics and build quality often go hand in hand and it simply isn’t cheap to make something look good, unless of course your 1 of those filthy slags from many of todays reality shows, they’re often very pleasing on the eye and very, very, cheap !!

    • Hmm let me think.. Transformer Prime? Its nice looking, and great specs!

      • ion orovGuest 3 years ago

        … and costs an arm and a leg (especially here in Aus)… sigh

      • I agree. If I’m going to drop 500 bones (which I have) I’m gonna get a great tablet with a form factor that sets it a part.

  7. LOL, Toshiba must be completely off their face on crack if they think they are gonna sell any of these with that spec at that price point. This spec is almost the same as The Archos G9 101 which is almost $200 less. (less ram, no back Cam)

    Incidentally SmartQ have just released the Ten3 which has a Dual core 1GHZ Omap 4430, 1GB, lower res 1024×768 display and no back camera but is running 4.0.3 out the box and the price in China….$238

    They will also soon release the T20 which has a better 1.5Ghz Dual Core Omap 4460, 1280×800 IPS panel, HDMI 4.0, ICS 4.0.3, 1GB Ram and 16GB memory for China price…..$300

    Toshiba need a reality check.

    • There are plenty of people who value form over function, but even so this is a lot of money to drop on a tablet when there are cheaper, more powerful and just as visually interesting devices on the market. I suspect a few people who don’t understand specs will happily pay extra for the kuds of such a compact device, Toshiba are obviously banking on that being a big enough market to make it worthwhile.

  8. LOL @ the price. I ask again….who is in charge of these ridiculous pricing decisions?

    Or do they think it’s cute to price them high so they can say they are on sale when they drop the price?

  9. If they want to compete with Apple, toshiba, acer, samsung, lenovo etc. should seriously think about lowering the prices for these tablets.

  10. I love the build quality of this but since it’s carrying last years specs, the price is completely unreasonable.

  11. So the thinner they are the more they cost? Are these supermodels?

  12. This tablet actually looks amazing and very slick, but still the price maybe a little too high :(. Maybe for the business people who loves Android and very good looking tablet?

  13. if it came with Android 4 and $150-$200 cheaper then it might had a chance as is it’s dead before released.

  14. Anyone else notice the fingernails in the photo?

    Besides that the tablet looks cool

  15. If they knock $100 buck off i maybe consider it.

  16. I Find it tough to be excited about any Toshiba product. I never held that brand in high regard.

  17. Won’t sell well at those prices. Drop $100 off of each and they might.

  18. GlenGuest 3 years ago

    hate to say it. Android tablets are going to have a difficult time making any headway now. The lack of many tablets at CES/MWC this year compared to last year shows OEMs know its difficult to compete with Apple on price. Not to mention, impending Win8 release. I just think its best OEMs stop wasting more money and time on tabs. Might as well concentrate on phones in which they are doing well.

    • I agree with you, but it’s nice that everyone is competing as it would make the price lower for the consumers.. But I’m kinda tired of this years android tablets.. they are all the same!

      I’m sorry to say it but android isn’t really ready for tablets, I own the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ and it isn’t as smooth as the ipad and the price were the same =/

  19. agreed with everyone else, this is overpriced.

  20. Zac C.Guest 3 years ago

    “But if you’re looking for a tablet with good looks and average specs” – Not much in the mood for another iPad.

  21. It’s really great looking but the specs and price doesn’t seem to be worth it.. make these changes and it could stand out from the crowd

  22. I’m not sure the thinnest is the thing people really want. We are too busy comparing sizes with Apple we forget all the advantages we have. I wish manufacturers would stop focusing on emulating Apple and actually innovate. So far as I can tell, ASUS is the only company that has taken this to heart and they suffer for distribution issues. Innovation is more than playing the size game with Apple and each other and more to do with trying to fill a need in the market. Tablets as a replacement for the laptop is just scratching the surface.

    • Oh, and pricing is a big deal too. Apple’s stupid overpriced products are not a realistic starting point.

  23. For the money, i’d get a Prime any day of the week. Silly Toshiba.

  24. KevinGuest 3 years ago

    Edgar, can you give me an estimate as to when AT&T will make this available?

  25. This is a sweet looking tablet but they may be overpricing it.

  26. TojenGuest 3 years ago

    Asus seems to be the only player in the android tablet market that gets it.

    First tablet with ics.

    One of the first with ics updates for older tabs.

    Value-priced options.

    First 10inch and 7inch quad-core tablets.

    The padfone could be the game changer that Motorola intended for the atrix.

    • vikmGuest 3 years ago

      asus tabs not rly cheaper than competition.

      • TojenGuest 3 years ago

        Sorry, bad wording. Better term would be most bang for the buck.

  27. It’s a very nice looking tablet – the best I’ve seen. Although appearance means A LOT to me, performance and price matter too…in this case, mostly price. Toshiba’s asking price is way off for the specs, not to mention they don’t really have the leverage in this market yet to ask such a high price.