Toshiba Encore 2 8-inch Windows tablet

Toshiba has launched two new tablets in the Encore series - the 10-inch and 8-inch Encore 2. While both tablets share the same specs as last year's 8-inch Encore, they feature a slimmer design and a greatly reduced price.

If you weren't paying attention when Toshiba launched the original Encore, here's a quick look at the specs: the tablets feature a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, include a 1.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 CPU, 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16/32/64 GB internal storage variations, a microSD card slot which is expandable up to 128 GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Windows 8.1. The 10-inch Encore 2 also features a micro-HDMI port. What has changed in this year's versions is the camera resolution, which has been lowered from 8 MP to 5 MP.

Toshiba claims that both models offer ten hours of battery life and up to eight hours of video playback. The tablets will be available starting July, with the 10-inch Encore 2 set to retail for $249.99 while the 8-inch variant will set you back $199.99.