Toshiba has unveiled two new Windows 8.1 powered tablet devices today, the 8-inch Encore 2 and 10.1-inch Encore 2. Both tablets share a distinctive design from Toshiba and feature a Satin Gold chassis and matching slim bezel with rounded edges for easier holding.
Both tablets share similar specs – a quad core Intel Atom processor, up to 64GB of onboard storage, up to 2GB of memory, a micro-USB port, micro-SD slot up to 128GB, micro-HDMI port, a 5MP rear camera that can capture FullHD 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Both devices feature Dolby Digital Plus Advanced Audio, positioned in a way where audio isn’t blocked when held. Both tablets also feature an echo suppressor to minimize background noise when on a video or audio call.
The 8-inch device weighs at just 0.81 pounds, while the 10.1-inch device weighs 1.21 pounds. Both devices feature an optional Bluetooth keyboard with clickpad, optimized for the 10.1-inch tablet but will also work on the 8-inch device too. You can also have a 1 year subscription to Office 365 Personal, giving you access to Word, Excel, Power Point, OneNote and Outlook.
The Encore 2 tablets will be available in the US in early July starting at $199.99 for the 8-inch model and starting at $269.99 for the 10.1-inch model. Europe will see the tablets during the third quarter of 2014.Further reading: Toshiba, Windows 8.1