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Toshiba Brings “World’s Thinnest” 10-Inch Tablet

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD) today announced that the Excite 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 claimed to be the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet measuring 0.3 inches (7.7mm) thin and weighing 1.18 pounds (535g).

Introduced today, Feb. 29, Excite 10 LE tablet, powered by Android, carries a starting price of $529.99 for the 16GB model and $599.99 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.”

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It features a vivid high-resolution 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite display, 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.

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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, says the company. And it delivers up to 8 hours of battery life.

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 Google Mobile Service applications, including the Android Market, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, 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 Netflix and Zinio.

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