Toshiba Excite X10 first look – the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet

Toshiba Excite X10 tablet

Toshiba Excite X10 – what is it?

Toshiba says this is its ‘top-of-the-range’ tablet – it has a range of three, including another 10-inch tablet and a 7-inch one as well. Its runs on Android, though the version we saw was running Android 3.2 rather than the latest 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) version. Toshiba says this will come at a later date.

Toshiba Excite X10 – what are the key features?

Thin and light are the highlights here – it measures just 7.7 mm thick and weighs a meagre 536 grams. Besides this it’s a fairly standard Android tablet – it’s got a dual-core processor, front- and rear-facing webcams and will come in a range of capacities starting at 16GB. Despite its slender frame there’s decent connectivity, including mini-USB, mini-HDMI, a microSD memory card slot and a headphone jack.

Toshiba Excite X10 – Andy’s first impression

Toshiba isn’t a household name in tablets, but the Excite X10 is its most accomplished attempt yet and may surprise a few people. Unlike the pre-production version we saw at IFA 2011, this final version felt strong and sturdy. The magnesium alloy rear is smooth and strong, and the ‘gorilla’ glass front inspires confidence.

Toshiba has also chosen not to fiddle with the Android operating system, so you get exactly what Google intended rather than a miss-mash of custom widgets. In short, if you’re after a no fuss Android tablet that’s extremely light then this might fit the bill. The only caveat is Toshiba won’t be drawn on battery life yet, merely stating it’s “aggressively targeting 8 hours of video playback”. Given the size and weight, it’s hard to believe some compromise hasn’t been made.

Toshiba Excite X10 – when can I buy it?

There are no concrete release details for the UK yet, but a spokesperson told us spring launch was likely.

In the full review…

This is just our first look of the Toshiba Excite X10 – when we get it to our labs you’ll get the definitive verdict on the following:

Screen quality – A good quality on-screen image is vital to how a tablet performs. We examine every facet, including the viewing angle how reflective the screen is, its ability to resist fingermarks, display colour fidelity and the amount of fine detail shown or lost.

Battery life – After first conditioning the battery as per the manufacturer’s instructions, we test the battery life on wi-fi and watching HD video. We also test how long it takes to charge.

Usability – There are so many things that comprise a tablet’s usability. We test the touchscreen response, ease of typing on the virtual keyboard and the accessibility of connections as tablets are often used in conjuction with other devices.

This is just a flavour of the type of testing we do to examine tablet usability. For more detail, read our detailed how we test tablets page.

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