Toshiba has announced Excite X10, the thinnest tablet ever built.  The 10-inch tablet will be launched in the U.S. sometime in the middle of the first quarter of the year, according to the company.

The16-gigabyte version will sell for $529 and the 32-gigabyte version for $599.

Excite X10, which has a 10.1-inch IPS display, is a mere 7.7 mm thick and weighs 1.2 pounds. The device joins other Toshiba Thrive models that are already in the market. It will be launched with Honeycomb 2.3, and it will be upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The device has a magnesium alloy on its back, Corning's durable Gorilla Glass as its surface and a particularly bright and colorful screen. It has a lot of ports, including Micro HDMI, Micro USB, and Micro SD so that it is easy to transfer files.

It has a two-megapixel front-facing camera and a five-megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash. On the sides are a power button, volume up/down, and a rotation lock switch. It has a file manager and the latest Android media player, with the ability to play music, videos and pictures. The device has WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity.