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Toshiba's "World's Thinnest" Tablet Arrives in March

Last month during CES 2012, Toshiba showed up with the 10.1-inch Excite X10 in hand, calling it the world's thinnest and lightest tablet. The specs revealed it to measure just 0.3-inches thick (7.7-mm) and weigh a mere 1.18 pounds (535g). That's not exactly paper thin, but sure beats carrying around a device that's thick as a brick.

On Wednesday, Toshiba announced that the tablet is now scheduled to arrive here in the States on March 6 as the Toshiba Excite 10 LE, sporting a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 SoC, a rear-facing 5MP camera, a front-facing 2MP camera, micro-HDMI output, and storage capacities of 16 and 32 GB. Other specs include 1 GB of LPDDR2 memory, a microSD card slot for adding up to 32 GB of additional flash storage, and Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" which will be upgraded to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" this spring.

The tablet also features a 10.1-inch AutoBrite multitouch LED display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Protected by Corning's beastly Gorilla Glass, the display takes advantage of IPS technology and supports up to ten simultaneous fingers. The device specs round out with 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity, stereo speakers with sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs, a built-in 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium ion battery, GPS, an accelerometer and a few more goodies.

"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."

The Excite 10 LE tablet will carry a starting price of $529.99 for the 16 GB model and $599.99 for the 32 GB model when it arrives on March 6.