Toshiba to Release New Excite Tablet

Toshiba Excite 10 LEToshiba confirmed this week that they will release the Excite 10 LE tablet on March 6 at a price of $529.

This just happens to be one day ahead of Apple’s iPad 3 announcement.

Toshiba says the Excite 10 tablet 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).” The tablet was announced during CES 2012 as Excite X10, but it appears that Toshiba has rebranded it.

Inside the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet, there is a regular TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Once again, as you might expect, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich does not come pre-installed with this tablet, though it will be available later this year. Instead, the tablet comes with Android 3.2, Honeycomb.

The Toshiba Excite tablet comes in two versions: 16 Gb at $529.9 and 32 Gb at $599.99. For connectivity, it offers Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD, and microHDMI. On the back, there’s a 5 megapixel camera that records HD videos, while on the front, there’s a 2 megapixel camera.

The 10.1 inch Autobrite display is said to be designed for “durability and style” because it features a high-quality magnesium alloy surface and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass display with an anti-smudge coating for greater resiliency. The 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium-ion battery is “extremely power efficient” and it delivers 8 hours of battery life, said Toshiba.

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 Toshiba Excite tablet looks interesting, but it’s hard to succeed this days without at least a quad-core processor or the latest OS on your device. Although Google released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich only five months ago, only one percent of devices have it installed.

This is one of the biggest disappointments of the year, because come June,  Google’s I/O Conference, everyone is expecting to hear updates about Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. But who’s to blame? Google, for making it open source, or the tablet producers, for not having the time to implement it? Fix this and the tech world will be a better place.

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