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Toshiba releases Windows 8.1-based 8-inch Encore tablet (+23 photos)
- — 22 October, 2013 10:41
Following the commercial availability of Windows 8.1, Toshiba has released its 8-inch tablet, Encore.
The device comes with a 21.32cm touch display accompanied with Dolby Digital Plus stereo speakers.
Encore is powered by the latest Intel Quad Core "Bay Trail" CPU, as well as 2GB LPDDR3 onboard memory and Intel HD graphics.
An 8.0MP rear camera and 2.0MP front camera are built in, and connectivity comes in the form of micro-USB, micro-HDMI, and micro-SD ports.
The Toshiba Encore comes with Wi-Fi but no 3G/4G connectivity, and an optional keyboard can be attached to the tablet via Bluetooth.
In addition to the full version of Windows 8.1, Encore comes with of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, which consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
7GB of free online SkyDrive storage is included, and the Xbox app is preloaded with free music streaming for 90 days.
The cameras and dual beam-forming microphones in the Toshiba Encore have been optimised for Skype, and the device also comes with complementary Skype credit.
Encore will be available for $399 from selected retailers and business notebook specialists from early November.
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