The Windows 8 tablet arena is about to get even more crowded and competitive, as compact, budget-friendly devices running Win 8.1 are snatching the IFA 2013 spotlight. Toshiba has just unveiled a gizmo of this kind, called Encore and sporting an 8-inch screen a la Acer’s Iconia W3.
But the W3 has nothing on the Toshiba Encore in terms of raw speed, as the newly unveiled slate packs a spanking new quad-core Intel Bay Trail CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz. Paired with 2 gigs of RAM and Intel Gen 7 graphics, that sounds like the ideal configuration for gaming, browsing and multimedia playing. More so as the Encore comes with up to 64 GB of on-board storage and microSD support.
Sadly, the screen is identical to that of the Iconia W3, at least on paper, boasting the same mediocre 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. Oh, well, at least Toshiba didn’t cut that particular corner for no reason, as a Full HD panel would have definitely forced the OEM to price the tab higher than $330.
And on the whole, $330 sounds unusually low for this thing, since on top of all the above the Encore also comes with an exquisite 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front snapper, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro HDMI connectivity and a number of Windows 8.1 optimizations and special pre-loaded content in tow.
Not to mention Toshiba’s winning design, with a weight of just 479 grams and 10.6 mm profile. Expect the Encore out and about in Europe, Asia and North America sometime in November, albeit there’s oddly no word yet of any kind of optional accessories, keyboard dock included.