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Toshiba outs Encore, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet




The Acer Iconia W3, the first Windows 8 tablet under 10-inch, has finally met its match and it comes in the form of Toshiba Encore; an Intel Bay Trail-powered 8-inch slate running on the revamped version of Windows 8.

With the exception of its IPS display, the Encore sports the same feature set as the Iconia W3 – kinda like identical twins but from different mothers. In most cases, taking a page out of the other’s playbook may turn out well, especially if the reference product garnered positive reviews.

toshiba encore


But considering that the W3 failed to get a nod from most techjounalists, you’re probably wondering why Toshiba even bothered to commit the same mistake. Well, it all boils down to processing power, which is something that the Encore can brag about thanks to the beefy Bay Trail (Atom Z3770) processor at its core.

Running on all fours, and coupled with an Ivy Bridge-based GPU architecture, we can probably expect a more desirable performance out of the Encore compared to other Win8 slabs before it. In addition, the 8-inch tablet will also benefit from the minor refinements that the Windows 8.1 brings to the table which should further enhance the overall use experience.

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According to Toshiba, the Encore is expected to hit the retails store by November and will only set you back USD329. That’s for the 32GB variant which will also come pre-installed with Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student version.



This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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15 Responses

  1. snoden says:

    ifive mini x

  2. Cuaki says:

    That windows 8 tablet looks affordable.
    I have a question, does it run windows apps? (Not metro style)

    • Cuaki says:

      Note: Like anti virus apps, casual games like bejeweled, plants VS zombies, photo editors like photoscape.
      I’m referring to the question that do this tablet RUN WINDOWS 8 APPS (NOT METRO STYLE) PROPERLY.

    • bern says:

      this table sports intel processor , expect this runs window 8 pro that can run any win32 application.

    • PinkyHeart6 says:

      yes this tablet can run Desktop applications (Non Metro)since this is Windows 8 not RT

  3. poBear says:

    a 1280 x 800 resolution they should have upgrade to 1080p hence the Gen7 gpu inside =X

  4. abuzalzal says:

    Blasphemous! Of all the effin’ fonts out there, why come up with the use of Comic Sans font on the spec sheet? Ano ‘to, pambatang comics?!

    Another thing, tablets won’t save Windows 8 because it’s destined to be another “Windows Vista in the making” right from the START.
    Windows is so old tech, just look at the ugly XP icons on parts of dialogs. PC users must die!

    • JasonWilliams says:

      I hope that you are not using any windows product, because if you do, its like eating your own sh*t or licking your own b**ls

    • sowhat? says:

      Ano pinaglalaban mo?

    • john says:

      im a windows 8 fan. mas randam ko pa nga ang butter smoothness ni windows 8 kesa kay android jellybean. kahit quadcore pa ang cpu, may stuttering parin si android. I only use my android tablet for entertainment.

      at bakit nga ba ang laki ng galit mo sa windows? lol dahil
      sobra nang sikat si Android? tas sinasabi mo pang bobo ang
      PC users? mas prefer nga ng maraming totoong
      professionals ang PC kasi mas madami itong programs. eh
      yung android, mobile apps lang ang madami sa kanila. sa
      windows, sobrang daming programs na ginagamit ng mga
      totoong professionals. tas sinasabi mo pang android na ang
      choice ng mga professionals daw?na tulad mo? . profesional
      ka na niyan? porket may car aircon business ka? sa ugali
      mong yan professional ka? mas profesional pa nga yung mga
      walang pinag aralan kung ugali lang ang pagbabasehan. tas
      ano nga ba ang pwede mong maipagmamalaking games ng
      android? yung angry birds? shadow gun? sa windows,
      sobrang daming games. Dota, World of Warcraft, Crossfire,
      Battlefield etc. Tas may totoong photoshop. sa android,
      photoshop touch lang. parang picasa lang na pwedeng mag
      edit ng brightness at contrast ng litrato. haha…

      need i say more?

  5. JasonWilliams says:

    Good product, hey oems, may mga tao din na walang paki sa presyo as long as good quality ang product.

    Something like:
    Windows 8
    8 inch ips 1080p display
    Quadcore baytrail processor
    4gb ram
    128gb + 64gb mmc
    Sony like designs..

    Yang ang magandang windows 8 companion device

  6. john says:

    im a windows 8 fan. mas randam ko pa nga ang butter smoothness ni windows 8 kesa kay android jellybean. kahit quadcore pa ang cpu, may stuttering parin si android. I only use my android tablet for entertainment.

    at bakit nga ba ang laki ng galit mo sa windows? lol dahil
    sobra nang sikat si Android? tas sinasabi mo pang bobo ang
    PC users? mas prefer nga ng maraming totoong
    professionals ang PC kasi mas madami itong programs. eh
    yung android, mobile apps lang ang madami sa kanila. sa
    windows, sobrang daming programs na ginagamit ng mga
    totoong professionals. tas sinasabi mo pang android na ang
    choice ng mga professionals daw?na tulad mo? . profesional
    ka na niyan? porket may car aircon business ka? sa ugali
    mong yan professional ka? mas profesional pa nga yung mga
    walang pinag aralan kung ugali lang ang pagbabasehan. tas
    ano nga ba ang pwede mong maipagmamalaking games ng
    android? yung angry birds? shadow gun? sa windows,
    sobrang daming games. Dota, World of Warcraft, Crossfire,
    Battlefield etc. Tas may totoong photoshop. sa android,
    photoshop touch lang. parang picasa lang na pwedeng mag
    edit ng brightness at contrast ng litrato. haha.

    need i say more?

  7. john says:

    im a windows 8 fan. mas randam ko pa nga ang butter smoothness ni windows 8 kesa kay android jellybean. kahit quadcore pa ang cpu, may stuttering parin si android. I only use my android tablet for entertainment.

    at bakit nga ba ang laki ng galit mo sa windows? lol dahil
    sobra nang sikat si Android? tas sinasabi mo pang bobo ang
    PC users? mas prefer nga ng maraming totoong
    professionals ang PC kasi mas madami itong programs. eh
    yung android, mobile apps lang ang madami sa kanila. sa
    windows, sobrang daming programs na ginagamit ng mga
    totoong professionals. tas sinasabi mo pang android na ang
    choice ng mga professionals daw?na tulad mo? . profesional
    ka na niyan? porket may car aircon business ka? sa ugali
    mong yan professional ka? mas profesional pa nga yung mga
    walang pinag aralan kung ugali lang ang pagbabasehan. tas
    ano nga ba ang pwede mong maipagmamalaking games ng
    android? yung angry birds? shadow gun? sa windows,
    sobrang daming games. Dota, World of Warcraft, Crossfire,
    Battlefield etc. Tas may totoong photoshop. sa android,
    photoshop touch lang. parang picasa lang na pwedeng mag
    edit ng brightness at contrast ng litrato. haha.

    need i say more?..

    • Juan-na-barrel says:

      every person may kanya kanyang propesyon. gaya na lang ng isang boxer. d kailangan ng professional boxer ang gadget sa pag boboxing.

      ang point is choose what suits you best.

  8. Milhouse says:

    Windows 8.1 is a huge improvement from Windows 8. Could have been a great tablet if not for the disappointing screen display.

    • Windows user says:

      Windows 8.1 will be pushed to Windows 8 users as an update starting Oct. 18. Non-Windows 8 users can purchase Windows 8.1 via ESD and brick-and-mortar stores.

  9. Carl Bytes says:

    This is it! A device that is portable with a huge leap in performance compared with atom. Hinde handicapped in terms of usefullness tulad ng androids. Hintay lang ng haswell versions, makakapili na sa pasko.

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