Toshiba is on the roll today. Satellite U840 arrived without much fanfare earlier, now the manufacturer announces they’re taking over the tablet market in the UK with Excite X10 renamed to AT200. Android tablet market, that is.
Hardware-wise the device looks decent, if not promising. A 1.2 GHz Texas Instrument ARM chip keeps up with the tasks at hand. Screen resolution remains 1280 x 800 stretched over 10.1″. Toshiba included 1GB of operating RAM for smooth running.
Flash storage capacity starts at 16GB and goes all the way up to twice that in all of one step.
Photographers won’t pick it up just for the back-facing camera, everyone else will do fine with the 5MP sensor. 1.3MP looks forward to when you want to video chat.
There is nothing to really hate about the hardware setup and the chassis isn’t likely to ruin the chances of the tablet either. Brushed metal all around, with a flat bottom. I like it quite a lot, regardless the fact that the whole thing is just 7.7mm thick. Thin or not, I like the way it looks.
Only if Toshiba didn’t settle with Honeycomb for the operating system. Ice Cream Sandwich has been available for months and should have been used accordingly. Toshiba expects to roll out an ICS update shortly. With the track record of certain manufacturers that actively endorse and make use of Android, I wouldn’t bet a significant amount on it coming as if it was a top priority.
Pricing roughly follows that of the iPad 2, getting your mind off of £399 for the 16GB version, helping you out by putting £449 to good use for the 32GB model.
That said, the tablet still looks fun to use with enough horsepower to get you through the day. Or Breaking Bad episode.
Whichever comes first.