Toshiba has today announced a new Windows tablet at IFA 2014 as part of Microsoft's push to compete against the collection of cheap Android tablets flooding the market. Priced at just $119.99 and available today, the company is offering the full Windows 8 experience at a more affordable price point. The Encore Mini contains the basic features one requires to power through various tasks, but it's the price that will attract customers to the mobile Windows-based product.
Being a 7-inch tablet with a screen resolution of 1024x600, the Encore Mini is powered by an Intel Atom processor, has Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB internal storage and microSD support. It's not the most advanced tablet available on the market, but for this price point you'll not be expecting everything.
Check the press release below and head on over to the Toshiba website for more details on the Encore mini WT7-C16.
Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the retail availability of its Encore® Mini, a value-driven 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet developed through close collaboration between Toshiba and Microsoft Corp. Priced at $119.99 MSRP, the tablet delivers a full Windows 8.1 experience plus a one-year subscription to Office 365™ Personal and one terabyte of OneDrive storage, offering consumers the convenience of having Windows in their pockets for work and play.
"With Encore Mini, we worked hand-in-hand with Microsoft to deliver a high-quality small-screen Windows 8.1 tablet at an entry-class price point," said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "Our product portfolio of Windows tablets continues to grow, enabling us to deliver more screen size choice to consumers at a lower price point, while still maintaining a consistently high-level of quality and features for a greater value."
Sleek and Slim Design
Featuring a textured back panel in white, Encore Mini is designed for an easy one-handed use. Weighing just 12.5 ounces with a slim 0.43 inch profile, the device is highly portable and small enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse.
A Full Windows Experience on a 7-inch Screen
From Encore Mini's 7-inch 1024x600 resolution multi-touch display, consumers will be able to take advantage of a broad range of capabilities enabled by Windows 8.1. Ideal for browsing, book reading and staying entertained on the go, this small screen device also offers an optimized view of the Windows 8.1 start screen, desktop mode and Office 365 apps.
Ready in an Instant
Powered by a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, Encore Mini offers snappy performance for quick browsing, content streaming and more, while maintaining plenty of battery life. InstantGo technology ensures everything is up-to-date even while the system is in standby mode. The Encore Mini features fast and reliable Wi-Fi® performance with 802.11n and Bluetooth® v4.0, making browsing, streaming, downloading and connecting additional devices a breeze.
All the Essentials
Encore Mini includes a front webcam and microphone as well as a 2 megapixel back camera for picture-taking and video capture. Additionally, the tablet comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage5, a Micro USB port and a microSD™ Card slot capable of supporting 128GB SDXC cards, ensuring that users have plenty of room to store all their digital files, apps, games, videos and pics they love.
Pricing and Availability
The Encore Mini is now available for purchase for $119.99 MSRP at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba on toshiba.com/us.
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