IFA 2013: Toshiba Launches 8-Inch Tablet Running Windows 8.1

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | September 9, 2013 - 03:14 AM |
Tagged: Windows 8.1, toshiba, tablet, skype, microsoft, Intel, ifa 2013, Bay Trail, atom

Toshiba has launched a new 8-inch tablet called the Encore at the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany. The upcoming tablet is an 8-inch device measuring 10.68mm thick and weighing 479 grams (~1.06 pounds). It runs the full version of Windows 8.1 and is coming in November.

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The Encore has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 multi-touch HFFS display surrounded by a shiny black bezel. There is a 2MP webcam, Windows button, and Toshiba logo on the front face. The back of the tablet has rounded edges and corners. It has a silver-colored finish and houses another Toshiba logo and an 8MP main camera. In addition to the webcam, the Encore tablet has stereo speakers and two microphones (for noise cancelation). IO includes a Micro SD card slot, micro HDMI video output, and micro USB interfaces.

Toshiba has opted for Intel's latest Bay Trail Atom SoCs to power its 8-inch Windows tablet. Specifically, Toshiba has packed a quad core Bay Trail SoC, 2GB of system memory, 32GB of internal storage. Internal sensors include a gyroscope, accelerometer, and GPS. Further, the Encore features a dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi radio. According to Toshiba, the tablet exhibits "exceptional battery life," but beyond that the company has not released exact numbers.

The Encore will come with Windows 8.1 pre-installed along with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 and Xbox SmartGlass. Naturally, user-accessible internal storage will be limited due to the size of Windows 8.1. Luckily, users will be able to add additional storage via a Micro SD card. The tablet is Skype certified, as well.

The Toshiba Encore tablet will be available for purchase in November for $329.

Source: Hexus.net

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September 9, 2013 | 04:56 AM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

This is awesome...the decent affordable devices are finally catching up to 8.1

September 9, 2013 | 05:00 AM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

This is an unreal combination of things for $329
Quad-core Bay Trail...card slot , USB , HDMI , 8.1 and I saw a hands on that said the screen is actually pretty good.

September 9, 2013 | 05:01 AM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

Left out GPS..wow !

September 9, 2013 | 05:17 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

Things are starting to get interesting. The weight may be a little high, the resolution a little low, 32GB may be too little for real Windows use, and 2GB isn't that great either, but altogether I feel that this may be just good enough. Price is also higher than Android tablets, but is pretty decent, especially when considering it has full Windows. I'll be waiting for fuller reviews, in particular about Bay Trail performance.

There's a chance I'll get one to try and see how well it works. I want to play PC games on a tablet, and since I mostly want to play adventure games, performance shouldn't be a big issue. However control still can be, and I have no idea how right click is simulated on the touch screen.

September 9, 2013 | 05:20 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

Googling, I see that right clicking can be done with press and hold. Should probably be good enough for adventure games.

September 9, 2013 | 02:31 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

With standard windows UI, you can press your finger or stylus to the screen and hold it there for a right click menu to pop up.

September 9, 2013 | 08:06 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

I haven't been tempted to get another tablet for awhile, this is starting to hit the spot.

September 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM - Posted by mAxius


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