Toshiba claims 'lightest and thinnest' title with new tablet and laptop

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's got the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet and notebook PC of them all. According to Toshiba, they now have both.

At the IFA show earlier today, Toshiba the AT200 10.1-inch Android tablet, which measures 7.7mm thin and weighing in at 558 grams. This isn't scientific, but it beats Samsung's Galaxy 10.1 (8.6mm, 567 grams) and iPad 2 (8.8mm, 607 grams).

But if you look in the picture, the AT200 is kind of thick around the perimeter and seems to be constructed of two pieces melded back-to-back, while Galaxy 10.1 is a single piece, and iPad 2 famously tapers down toward the edges to make it appear thinner than it looks. But the AT200 is a huge size/weight upgrade to Toshiba's first tab, the clunky Thrive, which measured 15.7mm and weighed 725 grams.

Regardless of its dimensional advantages, the AT200 needed to be spec'd out as well. It'll run Android 3.2 on a 1.2 GHz processor, Flash 10.3, its 10.1-inch display is 1280 x 800 pixels, has an micro USB slot, a micro SD card slot and an micro HDMI jack, a 5 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front Web cam, and a 10-hour video battery.

Toshiba says it'll go on sale in the fall, at least in Europe. One surmises (okay, I surmise) that by the time it gets here (if it gets here), it'll have a catchier name.

At the same IFA event (at which its glasses-free HDTV was literally unveiled), Toshiba also claimed its pretty new brushed magnesium alloy Z830 13.3-inch laptop/notebook/whatever is the lightest/thinnest ever. At 1.12kg, they may be right — Mac Book Air is a hefty 1.35kg.

But claiming thinnest laptop honors is tricky because these new Ultrabooks (as defined by Intel) have two measurements — front and rear. At the hinge, the Z830 is just 15.7mm; the Air is a thicker 17mm. But at the front, the Z830 doesn't get nearly as thin as the Air, losing 8.3mm to just 3mm.

But, in addition to a gigabit Ethernet and three USB 3.0 and jacks, HDMI and VGA ports, you can open the Z830 with one finger, if such a thing turns you on.

As with the AT200, its scheduled to go on sale in the fall, at least in Europe. I got no comment on possible U.S. availability.

Posted hands-on at IFA in Berlin.

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