TOSHIBA WITH WINDOWS TABLET
The Toshiba Encore is an 8 inch tablet that runs the full version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system.
Earlier, Acer launched the Iconia W3 which was the first Windows 8 tablet to come with an 8.1-inch screen. It’s also much nicer to look at than Acer’s more washed out offering.
Toshiba’s tablet is also using Intel’s new Atom Bay Trail processor with 2GB of LPDDR3 memory making for a tablet that’s now much more capable of running the full Windows 8.1 desktop experience.
The Toshiba Encore comes with an 8-inch HFFS multi-touch display 1280×800 pixels. The tablet weighs about 479 grams. It is powered by an Intel Bay Trail Atom processor. The company says that the Encore has been developed in close collaboration with Microsoft and has been optimized for Windows 8.1. It is also compatible with both Windows 8 apps and legacy Windows programs. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The tablet is equipped with dual-microphones and is optimized for Skype.
The Toshiba Encore includes 2GB of RAM and there is 32GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 32GB with the help of a micro SD card. Connectivity options on the tablet include a Micro-USB port, Micro-HDMI port and Wi-Fi. The tablet comes preloaded with the full version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 and Xbox Smart Glass app that turns the device into a secondary screen for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One gaming consoles.
Updating can be easily done in sleep mode also. Battery is said to be around seven hours but our Toshiba representative declined to give us a solid figure considering that the tablet is not quite finalised.
The Toshiba Encore tablet will hit the market shelves in November and will come with a price tag of $329.99 giving the W3 an undercut.
The on-screen keyboard is another important element with a diminutive screen. Toshiba has compensated for this by bulking up the keys which is good news for your finger accuracy but means the keyboard is particularly big when using the tablet in landscape.
The alternative option is to pair up a keyboard via Bluetooth and even a mouse too if you’re feeling particularly crazy.
Charioteer claims “Encore is poised to re-energize the opportunity for Windows tablets in the market. We believe that Encore will deliver more choice against a range of competitive tablets in android O.S.”