In what seems to be a constant battle for companies to always be making devices smaller and lighter, Toshiba announces their newest tablet called the Excite X10. The Excite will be the thinnest tablet on the market coming in at just 7.7mm. This is 0.6mm thinner than the Transformer Prime. The Excite has all the goodies that you’d expect for a tablet from Toshiba. It has a 1280×800 resolution, dual-core 1.2Ghz TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. It also has Micro-USB, HDMI, and Micro SD ports. It will launch with Honeycomb, but be updated to ICS shortly after release. This is a WiFi only tablet and will be priced at $529 US for the 16GB and $599 US for the 32GB model.
I personally don’t understand the need for devices to constantly be getting thinner and lighter. If a device doesn’t have a certain weight or thickness to it, then it can feel kind of fragile to me. I don’t want to be thinking of a $500 device as fragile, but I also understand the need to not be carrying around a giant box. I feel like the current range of thicknesses and weight of the tablets on the market right now are pretty good, and there isn’t really a point in spending money on R&D to make them smaller. There’s even a rumor that the iPad 3 will be thicker than the iPad 2, a move by Apple that says they don’t really care about the claim to the “World’s Thinnest.”[Time]