Acer may have the first to announce an 8” Windows 8 tablet earlier this year, but it looks like Toshiba too has something similar to offer, but with a cheaper retail price of USD$330 made possible by using the latest Intel Atom processor. The company just took the curtains off its brand new 8″ Windows 8 tablet, the Toshiba Encore. The tablet runs on Windows 8.1 and since it is a device worked closely with Microsoft, it also packs dual mics and a 2MP front camera that are Skype-certified, making it a perfect companion for work and play.
“Encore is poised to re-energize the opportunity for Windows tablets in the market. Our fundamental approach to designing Encore was to create a better convergence of hardware and software so the overall app experience and capabilities on a Windows-based device is better than ever. Windows has a lot to offer for a tablet user, and with the new features that Windows 8.1 brings, we believe that Encore will deliver more choice against a range of competitive tablets.” — Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.
The tablet features an 8” multi-touch HFFS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Beneath that display is the new Intel quad-core Bay Trail processor with 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD. Other specs include a Micro USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI port, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, and it ships with full version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 on board. No words about local availability, but the Encore tablet will be available in other parts of the world in November, with a retail price of USD$329.99.