With Windows 8.1 Update 1 Microsoft reduced hardware requirements of the OS and in some cases removed the licensing costs for OEMS as they aim to take on cheap Android tablets. We are starting to see these devices ship and the latest device is a $120 seven inch Windows tablet from Toshiba. The Encore Mini has a 7 inch displaying running at 1024×600, multi-touch running Windows 8.1 and has a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM and 16eMMC storage. You can expand the storage via a micro SSD card (up to 128GB) and there is a 0.3MP front camera and a 2MP rear camera. The OS is Windows 8.1 with Bing and you get one-year subscription to Office 365. I have a Toshiba Encore 8 with is a very nice tablet and for $120 the 7 inch version looks like a reasonable compromise of price and spec. Once thing to note is there is no dedicated Windows key on it so you will be using the charms and onscreen Windows key to get around.
The specs are very budget but so is the price and as it’s running the Intel version of Windows 8.1 you could install what you want on it. It is going to be interesting to see how well it performs with 1GB of RAM, you will not be wanting to install anything heavy on it but it is a credible competitor to some of the low cost Android tablets.
- Windows 8.1 with Bing
Office 365 Personal 1-year. Activation required within limited time
- Intel® Atom® Processor Z3735G (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz)
- 1GB (on board)
- 16GB eMMC
- Front 0.3MP camera with microphone
- Rear 2.0MP camera
- Micro-USB 2.0
- USB to micro USB cable included
- Micro SD slot (supports SDXC up to 128GB)
- Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n) + Bluetooth® v 4.0
- Bluetooth® v4.0
- Winter White
- 1 Year Standard Limited Warranty
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 MSRP1, 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 ounces2 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 1024×600 resolution multi-touch display3, 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™ processor4, 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.
More information is available at www.toshiba.com/us/tablets/encore/mini/WT7-C16.