First shown off at CES, Toshiba has announced that its new ultraslim Android tablet, the Excite 10 LE, will be available on March 6 and will start at $529. Originally called the Excite X10, the Excite 10 LE will have a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, and will be covered in Gorilla Glass. The tablet is just 0.3 inches thick, and weighs 1.18 pounds, making it a hair thinner and lighter than the iPad 2.
Despite its svelte profile, the Excite 10 LE will come with micro USB and microHDMI ports and a microSD card slot. A 1.2-GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor will run Android 3.2 Honeycomb on the slate, which will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich later this spring. Other features include a 2-MP front-facing camera, a 5-MP rear camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Its measurements are 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches, and the 25-watt-hour battery will get up to 8 hours of runtime, according to Toshiba.
The Excite 10 LE will be sold in two configurations: A 16GB model will have a starting price of $529, and a 32GB model will cost $599.
Given that Apple’s iPad 3 will likely sport a much higher resolution display and that other Android tablets (like the Transformer Prime) are packing quad-core processors, the Excite 10 LE could be a tough sell. But we’ll withhold judgement until we get a device in our hands for review. In the meantime, click through for a gallery of Toshiba’s newest tablet.