Toshiba Releases Elegant 2nd Gen Encore Windows 8.1 Tablets in Satin GOLD

At the end of May, Toshiba has announced the second-generation of its line of Toshiba Encore tablets and it comes with improved specs, features and an elegant look, informs Wind8Apps. Announced more than a month ago, the new Windows 8.1 tablets will actually become available for sale next month in July, for $199 and $249 – the 8-inch and the 10-incher, respectively.

The biggest improvement from the previous and the original line of Toshiba Encore tablets is the exterior, as the two new Windows 8.1 tablets now feature an elegant Satin gold matte finish, along with rounded edges which should make for a very comfortable grip in the hands. Not to mention that it kind of looks cool, as you can judge from the pictures (via Cnet and Toshiba). Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing at Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, added the following:

“Our Encore 2 tablets are the perfect complement to a customer’s arsenal of devices, giving them the familiarity and common functionality of Windows for a more seamless computing experience, whether they’re editing or creating documents, enjoying movies and games or staying in touch with friends and family”.

The new Encore 2 Windows 8.1 tablets are now lighter and thinner, with the 10-inch Encore 2 measuring just 0.4 inches thin, weighing 1.2 pounds and the 8-inch version less than a pound. As a matter of fact, the tablets are pretty much alike, and the screen size is the biggest difference. They sport a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display, and there’s one year subscription to Office 365, which makes them ideal for working with documents. The Office 365 personal subscription is worth $99, and you get the complete Word, Excel and PowerPoint functionality, which is quite a big deal.

Peter Han, vice president of worldwide OEM marketing at Microsoft, said the following

“The mobility provided by the Toshiba Encore 2 family, 8- and 10-inch, deliver a flexible solution for customers in a mobile-first world. Toshiba’s continued innovation combined with touch and the capabilities in Windows 8.1 delivers an experience that will delight customers.”

The tablets are powered by the quad-core Intel Atom processor and they come with up to a 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback. For awesome music, there are stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus and there’s also ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi for fast transfer speed and snappy browsing.

There’s also a micro HDMI port and wireless display support which will let you project movies to your TV. Josh Newman, senior director for Tablets at Intel, shared his input:

“Intel Atom processors provide high performance for sleek mobile devices on a low-power platform. From effortless multitasking and document creation to rich, immersive entertainment, a tablet with an Intel Atom processor enables consumers to get the most out of a mobile device with extraordinary battery life.”

You can get up to 64GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 128GB with microSDXC cards, there’s a Micro-USB 2.0 port for external devices and charging. There;s also a HD webcam for those who are looking to taking selfies and there’s a 5MP rear-camera with auto-focus which should deliver quite decent pictures.

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