Toshiba has announced Encore 2 8-inch variant model, along with Encore 2 10-inch and Excite Go. Encore 2 8-inch has been priced at $199, and 10-inch variant model price is $269, both runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. However, Excite Go tablet is based on Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

Toshiba Encore 2 8-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet
Toshiba Encore 2 8-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet

The Toshiba Encore 2 (8-inch model), sports 10.1-inch diagonal screen size, feature a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display.

The tablet is equipped with stunning visuals, superior sound and pre-loaded apps like Xbox Music and Video, Kindle Reader, Skype and a one year subscription to Office 365.

“Our Encore 2 tablets are the perfect complement to a customer’s arsenal of devices, giving them the familiarity and common functionality of Windows for a more seamless computing experience, whether they’re editing or creating documents, enjoying movies and games or staying in touch with friends and family,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.

Encore 2 tablets feature an elegant Satin gold matte finish, measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 8-inch Encore 2 weighs less than a pound (367 gms).

“The mobility provided by the Toshiba Encore 2 family, 8- and 10-inch, deliver a flexible solution for customers in a mobile-first world,” said Peter Han, vice president of worldwide OEM marketing, Microsoft Corp. “Toshiba’s continued innovation combined with touch and the capabilities in Windows 8.1 delivers an experience that will delight customers.”

Powered by the quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor, coupled with 1 GB of RAM, the Encore 2 tablet runs on Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS out-of-the-box.

The tablets offer up to a 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback. Stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus audio provide an immersive audio experience, while ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi offers speedy streaming and smooth browsing. Encore 2 tablet additionally make it easy to enjoy content on compatible HDTV’s with a built-in Micro HDMI port and wireless display support right out of the box. For students and mobile professionals, Encore 2 device also include TruCapture, an app that works in conjunction with the integrated cameras to capture and correct snapshots of whiteboards, blackboards and books so the contents are sharp, clear and legible.

“Intel Atom processors provide high performance for sleek mobile devices on a low-power platform,” said Josh Newman, senior director for Tablets, Intel Mobile & Communications Group. “From effortless multitasking and document creation to rich, immersive entertainment, a tablet with an Intel Atom processor enables consumers to get the most out of a mobile device with extraordinary battery life.”

Encore 2 tablet also include a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, giving you access to full versions of Word, Excel, Power Point, OneNote and Outlook with the ability to work online and offline and sync between devices when connected to OneDrive.

The Toshiba Encore 2 tablet can be configured with up to 64GB of onboard storage and also feature a microSD card slot supporting microSDXC cards up to 128GB, as well as a Micro-USB 2.0 port for connecting to external devices and charging.

The Encore 2 tablet provide an amazing video chat experience with an HD webcam of 1.2 MP resolution and 5MP rear-camera with auto-focus.

This tablet is also comes with single SIM, however there is no information about 3G.

The main features and specifications of  Toshiba Encore 2 (8-inch) :

  1. Microsoft Windows 8.1 Operating System
  2. 8″ multi-touchs creen display
  3. 800×1280 pixels resolution
  4. quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 1.3GHz
  5. 64GB ROM, expanded up to 128GB SDXC cards
  6. pre-loaded full version of OfficeSuite Pro
  7. 1GB RAM
  8. 5 MP rear / 1.2 MP front camera

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