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Toshiba Unleashes Yet Another iPad 2 Rival

After the Folio 100 and the Thrive AT100, Toshiba has launched yet another tablet, the Excite AT200 which is even thinner than either the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Apple iPad 2 at only 7.7mm (ed: it is quite surprising that tablets are generally thinner than their smartphone counterparts).

The device comes with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive screen, a dual core TI OMAP4 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz (rather than the usual Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC), 1GB RAM, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, two cameras, up to 64GB onboard storage (presumably with 16GB and 32GB options) and up to eight hours battery life.

Toshiba manages to trim down the tablet's thickness by having a double wedge which reduces the devices' thickness at the edges but brings an unsightly bump in the middle.

The tablet - which was announced at IFA in Germany - has yet to be priced and its release date and other launch details have not yet been revealed.

However, it will face some tough competition from existing tablets - since the prices of many have been falling sharply - as well as from forthcoming tablets which, by the end of the year, will feature quad core system on chips and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.