Toshiba Encore 2 Tablets start with 8-inches for $199.

Posted on 27 May 2014, Last updated on 27 May 2014 by

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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

Unknown specifications

  • Battery size?
  • TPM?
  • 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.


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The 10-inch Encore 2 tablet will be available for purchase in early July at select retailers and on , 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, starting at $199.99. MicroUSB 2.0

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