Toshiba debuts 8” Windows 8 tablet: Encore

Toshiba of Canada has taken the wraps off of the Encore, its new Windows 8.1 tablet designed to bring media, entertainment and computing to consumers in a small screen, pocket-sized form factor.

According to Toshiba, the Encore is designed to be held in one hand, and features a high resolution, 1280 x 800 multi-touch HFFS display with wide viewing angles. It features a stylish silver textured backplate, measures 10.6mm thin and weighs 479 grams.

“Encore is poised to re-energize the opportunity for Windows tablets in the market,” said Steve Wong, product manager at Toshiba Canada, in a statement. “Our fundamental approach to designing Encore was to create a better convergence of hardware and software so the overall app experience and capabilities on a Windows-based device is better than ever. Windows has a lot to offer for a tablet user, and with the new features that Windows 8.1 brings, we believe that the Encore will deliver more choice against a range of competitive tablets.”

The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom processor, and comes with 32GB of storage which can expand by another 32GB via the microSD slot. It includes a Micro USB 2.0 port, Micro HDMI and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera and a full suite of sensors, including a gyroscope, accelerometer and GPS.

The Toshiba Encore tablet is priced at $349.99.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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