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

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 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

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Chuppy says:

    No one in their right mind would buy the 8″ at that price, it’s clearly a product designed to be reduced to $150, or even less. Frankly I think Toshiba should have just left the 1GB to the barrel-scraping Chinese tablet makers. Give us 4GB RAM, HDMI and the ability to use USB and charge at the same time and charge $300 instead.

    The only reason anyone has any interest in Windows on a tablet is to do more with it, 1GB RAM means that’s not really an option.

  2. DavidC1 says:

    There are consumers who use Netbooks of 2009-2010. It also features Office at that price. I bet even 768MB on Windows 8.1 with new Atom cores are more sponsive than the older Netbooks.

  3. Felipe says:

    To bullshitting… Windows runs very well with only 1GB… this is what gives standing using an OS like the Android wagon… I put Windows 8.1 on older PCs with only 1 GB of RAM to run and gives Photoshop, CorelDRAW and many other robust programs…

  4. JohnCz says:

    Excited to see new Windows tablets unvealed at Computex. As you said, Toshiba looks to take advantage of other OEMs launch timings and should easily grab a early to market lead. Will be interesting to see if any other Windows OEMs incorporate nTrig to piggyback off Surface Pro 3.

  5. Lucien says:

    If I understand correctly these are the memory specs:

    8″ 1GB + 32GB: $199
    8″ 2GB + 32GB: $249
    8″ 2GB + 64GB: $279
    10″ 1GB + 32GB + keyboard cover: $299
    10″ 2GB + 64 GB (no keyb. cover): $329

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