Japanese tech giant Toshiba are all set to launch the Excite 10 LE tablet, which they claim is the world's thinnest. It is expected, according to a press release dated 29 February, to be available for purchase (from select US retailers) from 6 March.

The tablet will ship with the standard Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS and a report on Mashable suggests it will be offered an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) sometime in the spring.

Meanwhile, the company claims the new tablet is the "world's thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet". According to another report on Mashable, the tablet is 0.3in thin and weighs only 1.18lbs.

The tablet is expected to cost approximately $530 for the 16GB model and $600 for the 32GB one.

"Excite 10 LE embodies what a luxury tablet should be. We have engineered this tablet with premium materials and components, given it elegant yet durable styling and more connectivity options than any other tablet in its class, while fitting everything into an astonishingly thin and light design," said Carl Pinto, Vice President of Product Development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.


Operating System: The tablet will run on the Honeycomb (Android 3.2) operating system. It is expected to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) in the spring.

Display: The tablet features a 10.1 inch diagonal LED backlit widescreen, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology display and a resolution of 1280x800.

Processor: The Excite 10 LE will be powered by a 1.2 GHz Texas Instrument OMAP 4430 multi-core mobile processor and dual channel memory.

Storage: The tablet will have two models with internal memory storage capacities of 16GB and 32GB.

Camera: There will be a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, with LED flash and 1080p video record capabilities.

Battery: The tablet will have a built-in 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium ion battery which delivers up to 8 hours of battery life.

Connectivity: The tablet offers a range of connectivity options, including a mini-HDMI port, a micro-USB port and a micro-SD card slot, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.