Hands-on: Toshiba Excite X10

Hands-on: Toshiba Excite X10

Hands-on: Toshiba Excite X10

Thin is definitely in. At CES 2012, we've seen a flood of thin tablets and ultrabooks, and Toshiba definitely lived up to its earlier promise of the world's thinnest tablet with the Toshiba Excite X10.

With a thickness of 7.7mm, this makes it the thinnest tablet to date. Weight-wise, it's also pretty light at 558g, and when we held it in our hands, we can confirm that it won't be too straining on your arms. The X10 is mostly covered by a brushed metal finish, which is prominently featured on its rear. Instead of adding more weight to the unit, the metallic finish felt quite good in our hands.

Underneath the tablet, there's the Texas Instrument OMAP 4430 dual-core 1.2GHz processor running the show, complemented by 1GB of RAM. The display unit, which is loaded with Google Android Honeycomb, was relatively smooth and fluid with no foreseeable lag. Fortunately, Toshiba stated that an Ice Cream Sandwich update will be available for the X10, though the time frame wasn't given. Its 10.1-inch display is protected by the commonly seen Corning Gorilla Glass, and you'll find crisp and sharp display quality with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 on the X10.

Unlike most tablets, the X10 takes a cue from its Thrive predecessor and loads itself with a slew of connectivity options. This includes a micro USB, microSD and micro HDMI along the sides of the tablet. Along the side, you'll find a very thin volume rocker and power button. Though thin, we were able to access it with ease and it didn't took much effort to hit the buttons.A groove running along the border of the tablet breaks the monotony, which is also quite practical given that it also forms a good grip on the tablet.

Other notable features on the tablet includes a rear 5-megapixel camera, with a front 2-megapixel sensor for video calls. Despite its thin profile, Toshiba promises that the X10 will comewith an 8 hour battery life, though it wasn't able to specify the exact capacity of the battery.

The Toshiba Excite X10 will be available in the US from Q1 2012, priced at US$530 for the 16GB and US$600 for the 32GB version. Toshiba wasn't able to comment on the tablet's presence in the Asia Pacific region, but we'll be following up with more news once we get the word from Toshiba Singapore.