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Toshiba 8-inch Encore Windows 8.1 Tablet Now for Pre-order

By - Source: Lilputing | B 15 comments

Toshiba's Windows 8.1 tablet can be purchased now for $329.99 USD.

Lilputing has noticed that Toshiba's upcoming 8 inch Encore tablet with Windows 8.1 is now up for pre-purchase on Amazon here for $329.99 USD. The company revealed the device back in the beginning of September, sporting an Intel Atom processor, meaning this device won't be of the Windows RT 8.1 flavor. The exact ship date is unknown at this point although Toshiba said the device would be made available this month.

"Developed in close collaboration with Microsoft and built for consumers seeking a versatile small-screen tablet for home, work and play, Encore is well-positioned to accelerate the market for Windows-based tablets by delivering software-optimized features and sleek hardware design at a competitive price point," the press release stated in September.

According to the specs, the tablet has an 8-inch multi-touch HFFS screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, backed by Intel's Atom Z3740 quad-core chip clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of DDR3 memory and Intel HD Graphics. The tablet also has 32 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot supporting up to 32 GB of extra storage. This screen will be encased in a "stylish" silver textured back plate, making the tablet both super-slim at 0.43 inches and lightweight, weighing 1.1 pounds.

"Encore is powered by the power-efficient Intel Atom processor, which delivers great performance, fast start-up and page loads, and an exceptional battery life rating," stated the company's press release. "It also includes the connected standby capabilities of InstantGo, enabling the device to receive updates while sleeping so content is always up to date when use is resumed."

The tablet also has on-board dual microphones optimized for Skype, a front-facing 2MP camera also optimized for Skype, an 8MP camera on the back, a microUSB port, microHDMI output, and both dual-band Wireless N and Beamforming technology. The tablet also features a full suite of sensors including a gyroscope, accelerometer and GPS, a lithium-ion battery, and a full version of Office Home & Student 2013.

"The Encore tablet supports a wide range of applications – from books, games, movies, music and photos to productivity – making it a versatile device that can be used and enjoyed at home, at work or on the go. Ready to go right out of the box, Encore will feature Xbox Movies, Music and Games entertainment services, Amazon's Kindle e-reading app, as well as the Xbox SmartGlass app which turns the tablet into a secondary screen for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles."

To pre-purchase Toshiba's new tablet, head here. The device will be made available sometime this month at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com

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    joytech22 , November 6, 2013 7:34 PM
    EDIT: Forgive my idiocy, I didn't proof-read the article before posting.
    Just saw RT and let'er rip.

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    As soon as I saw Windows RT, the word "Flop" immediately entered my mind, left its children in my brain and pleasantly left - letting me know before-hand that this device is, quite firmly, going to flop.

    Good Game RT.
    You don't buy a device running Windows that can't run Windows programs - that's what it's known for and once you take away that core value it becomes almost worthless.

    This is all coming from the owner of a crudload of PC's, Mac's, tablets, phones and one Surface RT.
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    joytech22 , November 6, 2013 7:36 PM
    ...And I made myself look like an ass when I realized it ISN'T windows RT.

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    Innocent_Bystander , November 6, 2013 8:08 PM
    Don't beat yourself up. Most people don't get past headlines before they start commenting. At least you put in a good effort.

    Cheers

    IB
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    g-unit1111 , November 6, 2013 8:19 PM
    Quote:
    ...And I made myself look like an ass when I realized it ISN'T windows RT.

    FFFF..F.F..FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF*****************************


    I hear you, RT = epic fail. I would much rather have a tablet running full Windows 8.1. :lol: 
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    deepblue08 , November 6, 2013 9:20 PM
    I dont entirely agree that Windows RT is useless. Look at the Apple products, the OS is different on tablets and macbooks, and there is a reason for that. The tablet/phone version of OS is more lightweight and power efficient. Until ARM Cpus can match the power of desktop cpus I can understand the existence of mobile-like OS.
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    InvalidError , November 6, 2013 9:28 PM
    2GB RAM for Win 8.1 sounds a little low to me... as does 1280x800 for a 8" screen.
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    de5_Roy , November 6, 2013 10:08 PM
    this tablet kicks surface 2's rear...surface...
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    w8gaming , November 7, 2013 12:24 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    ...And I made myself look like an ass when I realized it ISN'T windows RT.

    FFFF..F.F..FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF*****************************


    I hear you, RT = epic fail. I would much rather have a tablet running full Windows 8.1. :lol: 


    This is a tablet running full Windows 8.1, not RT. There are 4 vendors who is going to release $300-$400 8" tablets running full Windows 8.1 using Intel Bay Trail Atom:

    1. Dell
    2. Toshiba
    3. Acer
    4. Lenovo

    All of them will include full version of Office, microSD, microUSB and IPS panel. Some of them will include microHDMI.

    Asus has a slightly larger model at 10" plus keyboard dock, selling slightly higher than the competition.

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    rwinches , November 7, 2013 1:19 AM
    Add a full size USB port (3.0?) and microSDXC bluetooth with AAC aptX, Miracast, wireless charging, user replaceable battery and front facing speakers.
    Then I would consider looking at it.
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    ansar , November 7, 2013 7:15 AM
    1.1 lbs seems a little heavy. I think the Dell Venue 8 is only 0.8 lbs.
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    g-unit1111 , November 7, 2013 9:59 AM
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    I dont entirely agree that Windows RT is useless. Look at the Apple products, the OS is different on tablets and macbooks, and there is a reason for that. The tablet/phone version of OS is more lightweight and power efficient. Until ARM Cpus can match the power of desktop cpus I can understand the existence of mobile-like OS.


    It will be useless until app developers start utilizing it. But seeing as how Microsoft is the only company left standing that's still manufacturing Windows RT-based devices, it's kind of a moot point anymore.

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    This is a tablet running full Windows 8.1, not RT. There are 4 vendors who is going to release $300-$400 8" tablets running full Windows 8.1 using Intel Bay Trail Atom:

    1. Dell
    2. Toshiba
    3. Acer
    4. Lenovo

    All of them will include full version of Office, microSD, microUSB and IPS panel. Some of them will include microHDMI.

    Asus has a slightly larger model at 10" plus keyboard dock, selling slightly higher than the competition.


    I've seen the Dell and Lenovo tablets and I'm heavily considering getting a Dell, but at this point I'm leaning more toward selling my iPad 2 and getting a first generation Surface Pro.
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    kyuuketsuki , November 7, 2013 11:04 AM
    Seems a little underwhelming compared to the Dell Venue 8 Pro that sells for $30 cheaper. The Encore has nothing the Venue doesn't, but there is an active stylus available for the Venue and the Venue is lighter.

    The Encore does use the Atom SKU that is technically capable of utilizing dual-channel RAM (unlike the Dell's Atom which is strictly limited to single-channel), but since it only has 2GB I doubt they're taking advantage of that. Plus there's the question of whether the memory bandwidth is even relevant at Bay Trail's level of performance.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , November 8, 2013 9:15 AM
    I can consider these new quad core Atom processors, but 2 Gigs of RAM isn't even worth it.
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    squashy , November 12, 2013 11:27 AM
    @kyuuketsuki, The Venue 8 Pro does not have micro-HDMI while the Encore does. #1 requirement for me.
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    Tablet User , November 23, 2013 12:01 AM
    Ordered the Dell Venue 8 pro 64gb and waited for over a month. Dell doesn't know when they will ship but still has some expected delivery date on their order web site that they will never be able to meet to fool customers in ordering. Can you imagine Dell's follow up service if they can't even get their act together when you order?! I canceled my order and will likely go with Toshiba.