Toshiba claims ‘world’s thinnest’ tablet

Agam Shah
1 March, 2012
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Toshiba will start shipping its Excite LE tablet next week, which the company claims will be the thinnest tablet yet.

It has a 10.1in display, is 7.7 mm thick and weighs 535g. By comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2, which also has a 10.1in display, is 9.7mm thick and weighs 590g. Apple’s iPad 2, which has a 9.7in screen, is 8.8mm thick and weighs 601g.

The Excite LE will be priced at US$529.99 (around $494) for a 16GB model and US$599.99 ($559) for a 32GB model and will initially ship only in the US. That’s a bit pricier than the iPad 2, which is US$499 ($419) for the 16GB model. Apple is expected to announce a new version of the iPad next week.

A Toshiba spokeswoman couldn’t confirm any plans to sell the Excite LE outside of the US, but said variants of the device could show up in other countries.

The tablet runs the Android 3.2 OS and will be upgraded to Android 4.0 in autumn. It gives up to eight hours of battery life, according to Toshiba and runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor from Texas Instruments. Features include front and rear-facing cameras and micro-USB and HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports.

Toshiba already offers Android tablets with 7in and 10in screens.

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