Toshiba Brings The World’s Lightest, Thinnest Tablet To U.S. — Can The iPad 3 Best It? [CES 2012]



LAS VEGAS, CES 2012 — Toshiba’s Excite X10, a tablet the company calls the world’s lightest and thinnest, is finally landing on U.S. shores, and we got our first hands-on experience with it at CES last night as Toshiba readies to release it here in a few months.


Man, is this thing ridiculously light. It sports a metallic back made of strong, light magnesium, the same material used in high-end DSLR shells.

It really is fantastically light — so light that it actually feels like it’s made from plastic; but magnesium is also incredibly tough, with a very high strength-to-weight ratio. Of course, magnesium is also highly flammable, which is one reason you don’t see it around very often.

Toshiba was able to jam an astounding number of ports into the thing — especially impressive considering how thin it is. A mini-HDMI port, micro-USB port and a micro SD card slot are all carved into one side of the tablet.

The Excite X10 we played with was also very fast and smooth, thanks to a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor supplied by Texas Instruments and 1GB of RAM. It was running Android’s Honeycomb OS, but when the tablet ships Toshiba says it’ll have Android’s new Ice Cream Sandwich installed, which should be a big improvement over the problematic Honeycomb.

So it’s slightly larger, lighter, thinner, has slightly higher resolution (1200×800 compared with 1024×768 for the iPad  2) and has way more ports. And no, this isn’t the whole story, and it doesn’t mean this tablet is better than the iPad 2. But it does seem to have the iPad 2 certainly beat in a few arenas. Then there’s the price: The 16GB version at $530 and the 32GB at $600.

Any bet that Cupertino will make this tablet look like an abacus when the iPad 3 comes out?


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  • cassandralite

    “Any bet that Cupertino will make this tablet look like an abacus when the iPad 3 comes out though?”

    Can always count on you COM fanboys to sound like Kate Upton just walked by in a bikini.  Wipe the spittle from your lips…and I’ll take the bet.  No, this thing won’t come off like an abacus. 

  • Sean Murphy

    i didn’t even bother to read the article, because its all crap and mirrors
    It doesn’t matter if its a 1/4 ounce, it still has crapware in it.
    So whats the point, if it doesn’t have a decent operating system, it will suck if its lighter than air.

  • morgan3nelson

    YAWN…… running Googles Hemdroid Ice Cream Sandwich – it will be the thinnest, lightest, toughest piece of crap yet. But still crap.

  • Cowicide

    Yes it will.  And Apple will do it just to piss you off.

  • elimilchman

    Not really a fan of Kate Upton.

  • elimilchman

    You don’t believe ergonomics count for much?

  • Jordan Clay

    Comparing Apples to Apples,  They have Android tablets out right now that blow this out of the water for cheaper.  Look at the Transformer Prime, $500 for 32GB of 1.3 quad core.

    I don’t fully understand the battle for thinness/lightness.  I know it comes into the cards when you are purchasing. but I wouldn’t buy an inferior product just because it was .005″ thinner and .25 OZ lighter than it’s counterparts. I would have to go w/ the total product….That is why no matter how thin and light the Ultrabooks go, the only way they are going to cut into apples lead is with a cost leadership strategy

  • Jordan Clay

    Other Android Tablets, that you can go out and purchase today,all ready make it look dated. 

  • cassandralite

    “Dated” isn’t the same as “abacus”. 

  • cassandralite

    Fine, then Janet Napolitano.

  • askmewhyihateyou

    Oh god. It’s you again. 

  • Mark Dz

    The ergonomics suck on all the tables. I can only hold an iPad for about 20 minutes before my hand cramps up. Maybe thinner isn’t that good. You don’t see thin sticks for handle bar grips on a bike.

  • elimilchman

    Ok, now you’re talking. 

  • jody rideout

    Exaggeration isn’t the same as trying represent something as worse than it really is…..especially to make a point

  • Ronald Stepp

    The right question would be, “Can the iPad 1 beat it?”  Probably, yes.

  • Ronald Stepp

    Yeah, but that only works if everything else is up-to-snuff.  A light piece of crap is STILL a piece of crap.

  • ddevito

    The flood of Android tablets will flood market share just like it did on smartphones.

    This, the Prime, and the new $249 Asus quad core pure Android tablet (no crapware) will make consumers think twice before buying an iPad.

  • ddevito

    You’re kidding right?

  • ddevito

    Yeah you’re right Android is too difficult to use for Apple fanboys.

  • cassandralite


  • Robert X

    We’ll see. I am not saying it won’t happen as you say but Joe Public goes for more than the hardware. 

  • Honyant

    Does it have an effect on battery life, and if so, how much?

  • ddevito

    Joe Public cares about price the most.

  • Ronald Stepp

    No, why would I be.  So far nobody has put a single tablet out that comes close to being equal to the iPad 1.  That’s the gold standard.  They need to beat that before they even consider whether it’s as good as the 2 or the 3.

    Which, judging by the fact that we don’t see tech review sites going nuts over the long lines of people standing in line for ANY other tablet by any company that isn’t Apple is a big resounding no.

    Yet.  I’m still waiting to see if any other tablet makes me want to give up the complete package that is the iPad.  Give it time, a few years maybe.  Maybe Windows 8 will do the trick.  I really wish SOMEONE would offer a serious challenge to apple so the prices at least might come down.

    The title of this is a joke, “Can the iPad 3 BEST it?” That’s who you should ask if they are kidding. NEITHER TABLET HAS BEEN RELEASED YET! But we sure as hell know that the iPad 1 and 2 are the best tablets on the market right now.

    Best it? Toshiba needs to release it for us even to see if it EQUALS the iPad 3, which, oh yeah, isn’t out yet either. Talk about counting your chickens before they are fabbed.

  • Ronald Stepp

    Oh please, are you done yet whacking your wee wee on the bedpost yet?  How old are you, 8?  The only reason it might be difficult to use is because its UI is too cluttered.  Oh gosh, Android doesn’t HAVE a standard UI, it has whatever the carrier slaps on it at the time.  And oh woops, sorry bout those phones having 12 different VERSIONS of android.

    ddevito, before you go talking about how hard android is to use, you might want to get the different carriers to come up with a DECENT UI that ends up on all the android devices, at least as an option, Motorola Blur, wow, what genius thought that was a good name for a UI?  Oh and how about they all get the LATEST VERSIONS of android on all the phones?  Whoops.

  • ddevito

    No iSheep – most consumers care about price. 

    Go back to the meadow with your brothers

  • ddevito

    iPad 2 is the best tablet thus far – ver made. Ever. I love mine.

    But I would also like to see how it all plays out in 2012. I don’t think it wil be so easy this year (for Apple). Then again – does it have to be?

  • CRodBlogs

    ICS is not revolution. It’s got a ton of issues. Anything running Android at this point is mmmeh! I’d rather have something running Win 8 (other that iOS of course).

  • elimilchman

    The Excite was released. I held it my hands. I said so in the post: “It feels like it was made from plastic.” Then there’s the photo, etc. It isn’t being sold in the States yet, but it exists. 

    The iPad 3 isn’t out, but I think we can all agree it’s coming. So my question, then, is whether or not the iPad 3 will have a more desirable form factor when it appears. 

  • elimilchman

    This is a really good point.

  • sveinbjorn

    You guys really should be more selective with your articles. I haven’t been to CoM in a while, and right now it looks like a feed from engadget with apple references thrown in randomly for good measure.

  • kyle_gibson

    Shush child, the grown ups are talking.

  • kyle_gibson

    well, im not throwing expletives every chance i get over a more than arguably valid point. I wouldve thought you were an 8 year old fowl mounth using their daddy’s phone had i not seen ypur profile picture. i suppose im childish enough for even giving you the time of day. 

  • kyle_gibson

    when you respond with dull, overused, no longer witty comments, is when i know ive done my job. bye bye! :)

  • kyle_gibson

    in sales? almost certainly. whether its a better device or not, obviously it will always be subjective.