The Toshiba’s “Thrive” was criticized by CNET for being bulky and very heavy, I couldn’t agree more. CNET went on to say that “Tablets are generally expected to be thin and light” which I am sure no one can argue with. Toshiba seems to have taken this very fact to heart and decided to strike back with the all new Toshiba Excite–”The World’s Thinnest Tablet”. Its evident that Toshiba wants us to forgive them for their previous ‘mistake’ and with the release of the Excite, I’m ready to take them back!
We all want something portable, light and easy to carry. Let’s face it, when you hold a heavy tablet in your hands, it can be tiresome. Then guess what you might do next? Probably put it down and forget about it–what a waste, right?
The Excite weighs 1.18 pounds and is a staggering 0.3 inches thin! It has a 1280×800 resolution screen, a 1.2GHz OMAP 4330 CPU and will be available in both a 16 & 32GB model. According to Texas Instrument’s website, OMAP 4 processors provide a “high level of performance” while consuming very little battery power. They claim that it has a 150% performance boost compared to the ARM Cortex-A8 core.
It does full 1080p HD video playback, contains a micro SD slot, mini usb, micro HDMI and a 3.5mm headphone port. It’s also has a built-in 2.0 megapixel front facing camera and a 5.0 megapixel rear camera (with LED Flash). As far as connectivity goes, it will include both WiFi and Bluetooth. It should have Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich packed with it but it’s unconfirmed at this point. Prices start at $529 for the 16 GB model and $599 for the 32 GB model. A little steep I admit, but could be worth it for users looking for a bit more power.
This tablet will be unveiled at the upcoming CES event in Las Vegas, Nevada. An official release date should be announced at the CES event starting tomorrow, January 10. Keep checking here for more info!