Toshiba revealed the release date and specs for its upcoming Windows 8 tablet, the Encore Thursday (Sept. 5). The pocket sized device will go up against Acer’s Iconia W3, which was the first 8.1 inch Windows 8 tablet to hit the market.
Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems have dominated the mobile market while devices running on Windows 8 are emerging on the scene. “Encore is poised to re-energize the opportunity for Windows tablets in the market,” vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division, Carl Pinto said in a press release.
Pre-loaded with apps for both leisure and productivity, the Toshiba Encore Windows tablet promises to enhance the user experience on a portable Windows 8 device. For Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners, Encore will feature the Xbox SmartGlass app which converts the 8-inch tablet into a second screen for either console. For Word, Excel and PowerPoint creation and viewing, the Office Home & Student app is conveniently available on the device.
Encore is also compatible with Windows 7 programs and offers content sharing among multiple Windows devices. “Our fundamental approach to designing Encore was to create a better convergence of hardware and software so the overall app experience and capabilities on a Windows-based device is better than ever,” Pinto said.
Optimized for Skype with dual microphones, the Encore has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels on its 8.1-inch multi-touch HFFS display, a 2MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera. Additional hardware specs include 32GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for up to 32GB of added space. There’s also a built-in Micro USB port and Micro HDMI and dual-band WiFi for wireless connectivity and streaming.
Available in November, the Encore Windows 8.1 tablet is priced at $330 and will be sold at major retailers and direct from ToshibaDirect.com. "We look forward to working with Toshiba on the launch of Windows 8.1 and seeing its holiday 2013 devices delight customers worldwide," vice president of Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp., Jordan Chrysafidis said about the upcoming tablet.