Toshiba Encore: Windows 8.1 tablet action for just £250?

Toshiba Encore: Windows 8.1 tablet action for just £250?Toshiba's tablets haven't exactly set the world on fire (despite promises that they would), but far from being disheartened, Tosh is back for more with an all-new slate, the 8in Toshiba Encore.

And unlike other recent efforts such as the Excite trio announced in June, this time Toshiba's teaming up with Microsoft and pinning its ambitions to the neatly tiled coattails of Windows 8.1.

A good few new Windows 8.1 tablets are being showcased at IFA 2013 in Berlin this week, in all shapes and sizes too. Toshiba's well represented at the upper end of the spectrum with the 13.3in Satellite Click, a hybrid laptop-tablet, but the Encore is the more interesting mobile proposition, and could be coming with an interesting price tag too.

But before we get to that, here's a quick overview of what it offers: that 8in display is an AutoBrite LCD with a 1280 x 800 resolution, while the processor is a latest-gen Bay Trail-spec Intel Atom supported by 2GB of RAM.

There's a pair of cameras on board – offering 8MP and 2MP resolutions – with storage running up to 64GB and connectivity options including microSD and micro HDMI.

The Encore is expected to be available in the run-up to Christmas, and should cost around the £250 mark.

Via PC Pro

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barrybarryk  Sep. 5, 2013 at 21:11

That actually might be interesting. I'm kind of surprised there hasn't been a flood of 7~8" Win8 Atom tablets hitting the shelves recently

satchef1  Sep. 5, 2013 at 23:55

Lack of official support in Windows 8.0 probably had something to do with that.

Acer released an 8" Windows 8 tablet a few months back. It was basically proof of concept - it demonstrated that the idea *could* be good, but only once sufficiently efficient and powerful Intel chips hit the market. Even then, cost is potentially an issue. The screen on the Acer was pretty shoddy.

Stelph  Sep. 6, 2013 at 09:30

Lack of official support in Windows 8.0 probably had something to do with that.

Acer released an 8" Windows 8 tablet a few months back. It was basically proof of concept - it demonstrated that the idea *could* be good, but only once sufficiently efficient and powerful Intel chips hit the market. Even then, cost is potentially an issue. The screen on the Acer was pretty shoddy.


Yes everyone was very excited about the Acer Iconia W3 and what it offered but like you say it had a very poor screen which meant it was heavily marked down in a lot of reviews and I think made a lot of people hold off buying it

This does look very interesting tho, coming out after Windows 8.1 comes out (which adds support for tablets smaller than 8") and using the next generation atom processor (Bay trail) it should be faster than the current laptops and reasonably priced at £250-£300! Certainly keeping my eye on it, shame it doesnt have a keyboard/battery dock like the Acer w510

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