Windows tablets are getting smaller and smaller, and Toshiba appears to have brought them to the logical conclusion. The new Encore Mini is a 7-inch slate that doesn’t attach to anything else and is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor. What is most impressive about the Encore Mini is that it will only cost US$120 (RM382); far less than any of the competition.
Inside the Encore Mini is the previously mentioned Intel Atom processor, along with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 1024 x 600 display. There is a full Windows 8.1 operating system installed; which makes this tablet particularly attractive for those concerned with mobile productivity productivity. Toshiba has also apparently worked with Microsoft to optimise scaling to allow desktop icons to work properly on a 7-inch touch device, i.e. are big enough that you won’t drive yourself crazy using them.
Included with the device is 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and a year subscription to Office 365. Although it is likely the cloud storage is part of the Office subscription, since it is already part of the standard package. There is also an SDcard expansion slot that supports cards of up to 128GB, which should provide enough storage for light use.
The Toshiba Encore Mini is being made available today, although we do not know when it will reach Malaysia and how much it will cost when it does.