Upcoming Toshiba Windows 8.1 products include 8-inch Encore tablet

Toshiba is introducing some new PCs this fall, one of which will have Windows 8.1 out of the box. It happens to be an 8-inch tablet, the Encore, that will be coming out this November, a few weeks after Windows 8.1 launches on October 18th.

The Toshiba Encore is 0.42 inches thick and weighs 16.9 ounces and it's display has a resolution of 1280x800. It has a version of Intel's low powered Atom processor inside (no specific specs yet), along with an eight megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front facing camera. It has 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot for additional space. There's no word yet on the amount of memory inside the Encore.

The tablet will include a free copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013. The price for the Toshiba Encore will be $329.99.

Another upcoming Toshiba Windows 8 device is the Satellite Click, a 13.3 inch notebook with a detachable display that lets it double as a stand alone tablet. Inside it uses AMD's 1 GHz A4 APU with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive that's built inside the screen. The keyboard dock also serves as an extra battery for the Satellite Click but the press release has no word on its battery life with or without the dock.

The Toshiba Satellite Click will go on sale later this month exclusively at Best Buy and Toshiba's online store. Pricing was not revealed.

Source: Toshiba | Images via Toshiba

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Windows RT/8 tablets usually have a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio. That and the small size of the screen makes the device less ideal for reading PDF files than EPUB files, because the former is a format with fixed layout that cannot reflow the text to accommodate for the small screen size (which is why I generally avoid PDFs).

Thanks for sharing this. Unfortunately most of my content is in PDF format and there is no way I can get it in epub. What would be an ideal form factor for reading PDFs ?

C#Rocks said,
Thanks for sharing this. Unfortunately most of my content is in PDF format and there is no way I can get it in epub. What would be an ideal form factor for reading PDFs ?

Personally, I find the iPad to be the best device to read PDFs on. The fact that PDFs usually have print size pages makes them fit perfectly with the screen because of the 4:3 aspect ratio.

I'm interested to know why, all of a sudden since the release of Windows 8 every OEM releasing a new computer is suddenly considered newsworthy (even when their designs are neither distinctive or noteworthy)

anandtech reports 3X better performance from this chip than the old atom. good update and should now run large apps fluidly like office and photoshop, with some limitations off course. but hey it could be worse. it could be android which doesn't even run notepad

"Encore" in French means "Again", lets hope it's not going to be a failure "again" like the Acer W3...

Cost less, better CPU... What about that screen?

IF it's all good, and Toshiba also including Office for free, RT is deep trouble. Why would you want to run RT when you can have it all (x64/Win8 Pro) & Office for less money?

TruckWEB said,
"Encore" in French means "Again", lets hope it's not going to be a failure "again" like the Acer W3...

Cost less, better CPU... What about that screen?

IF it's all good, and Toshiba also including Office for free, RT is deep trouble. Why would you want to run RT when you can have it all (x64/Win8 Pro) & Office for less money?

You do have a point, but on the other hand, if $350 is the base x86 8" tablet price then you'd think ARM would be lower, and also probably have a better res screen compared to the 1280x800 this has. What if you can get a ARM version for $299 that's 1920x1080?

From the beginning Intel never produce cheap processor. Intel is like Apple, always selling high cost and offer very little innovation. I doubt very much Pro and RT will be the same price. ARM will always be lower than Intel.

So far their (Intel) graphic department suck sooo bad. You would think a giant company can spare 10 engineer to develop better graphic.

I'm not surprised that the 8.1 mini tablet they're doing is going for the portrait 16:10 setup. Something I expect most if not all 8" Windows 8.1 tablets to be used more in, for better reading and so on.

Mohitster said,
8-inch Windows revolution is coming! )

Only seems to reinforce that Windows RT is toast though, sadly - surely that class of device (the Encore) was exactly what Microsoft were targeting RT at... but yet Toshiba have gone with an Intel CPU rather than an ARM one.

Chicane-UK said,

Only seems to reinforce that Windows RT is toast though, sadly - surely that class of device (the Encore) was exactly what Microsoft were targeting RT at... but yet Toshiba have gone with an Intel CPU rather than an ARM one.

They decided to play it safe, besides I don't think RT is going anywhere, maybe as a brand it might but as an OS it's here to stay as long as ARM is a big player. Also once you can have office apps on modern and don't need the desktop then that gets dropped and RT works even better. Until the apps side improves more, which 8.1 does improve on as far as the core apps goes, then it'll always have risk attached to it for OEMs.

Mamoun said,
A full windows 8 tablet at this price is pretty phenomenal.

The price is good but is the performance going to be OK? I have a Samsung tablet with Atom right now and this new one from Toshiba is probably a newer Atom gen plus a bit lower res so it should perform better. Still, I'm sure people will complain that it's res is too low and so on.

Yeah, it's a good question. For me personally If it packs enough power for editing a powerpoint presentation or occasionally for simple website development and CSS debugging without slow down it would be a really good deal.