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Toshiba’s new tablet is thinnest yet, but does its price kill it?

The Excite X10 doesn't exactly fit into a hand, but the svelte nature of the tablet makes it easily maneuverable.

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LAS VEGAS–Touting a thin product draws lots of attention. Not to be outdone by the Transformer Prime in the svelteness department, on Sunday, Toshiba introduced the thinnest tablet yet, its Excite X10.

Compared with the now previous skinny champion, the Transformer Prime, the Excite X10 is a full 0.6mm thinner, measuring 7.7mm, compared with the Prime’s 8.3mm profile. At 1.2 pounds, it’s also the lightest tablet to date, coming in at 0.4 pound lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Toshiba’s Thrive 10 was lauded for its support for full-size ports and its removable battery. The Excite X10 flies in the face of that tablet design philosophy, however, yet it still makes room for some micro connections: Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB 2.0, and a microSD card slot. You’ll also find built-in speakers, supporting Toshiba’s SRS sound enhancement technology, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and an LED backlight-supported 5-megapixel back camera.

The Excite X10 sports a smooth magnesium alloy backside and a glossy 1,280×800-pixel, 10.1-inch screen, covered in G… [Read more]

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