The new Toshiba Encore 2 tablets have launched. An 8-inch model, the Encore 2 8, will start at $199. The 10-inch Toshiba Encore 2 10 will be $269
The two tablets were announced by Toshiba today and they have a whole new set of specifications. Down goes the launch price but so do the specs in some areas.
The 8-inch tablet has been reported to start with just 1GB of RAM on a quad-core CPU (likely the Z3735F or Z3735D) with a screen resolution of 1280×800. 1GB will be fine for working within the Modern UI but will certainly cause problems for people wanting to do extensive desktop or browser-based application activity.
Full specifications haven’t been revealed yet but here’s what we’ve got so far.
- 1280×800 resolution touchscreen on both models.
- Quad Core Atom CPU (likely Z3735 series.)
- 1GB RAM (at least on the 8-inch model. Information isn’t clear at this stage.)
- 2GB RAM (on entry level Windows 10 model. There may options for 64GB and 2GB on the 8-inch model.)
- 32 or 64GB storage options.
- Micro SD card on both models.
- Audio jack
- Wireless display
- Micro HDMI on the 10-inch model only.
- Office 365 one year license provided. (Note that a Modern UI version of Office would require a 365 license so this could have more value in the near future.)
- ‘10 hour’ battery.
- 5MP rear cam, 1.2MP front.
- Dolby Digital Plus audio processing.
- Windows 8.1 with Bing (without Office)
- Size of 10-inch: 258,8 x 175 x 8,98 mm. Weight of 10-inch model: 555 grams / 1.2 pounds (This would make it one of the lightest 10-inch Windows tablets.)
- Size of 8-inch: 210,62 x 132 x 9,48 mm. Weight of 8-inch model: 385 grams
- Battery size?
- Connected Standby?
As the first official Windows 8 tablets with the refreshed Baytrail-T platform and the new licensing deal with Windows 8.1 + Bing they don’t have any direct peers to compare against yet. An early launch before Computex could well be a good move because we’ve got a hunch that there’ll be products using the same platform launching there for less than this.
Both products will be available in early July.
The 10-inch Encore 2 tablet will be available for purchase in early July at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us , starting at $269.99. 544 grams (1.2 pounds) MicroHDMI, MicroUSB 2.0
The 8-inch Encore 2 tablet will be available for purchase in early July at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us, starting at $199.99. MicroUSB 2.0