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Encore: First Windows 8.1 Tabs Hit

Encore: First Windows 8.1 Tabs HitToshiba Encore Windows 8.1 tablet to be revealed in Oz this week.

The first tablet on Windows 8.1 – Toshiba’s 8 inch IPS tablet (1280 X 800) runs Intel’s new Atom Bay Trail processor,  2 full HD cameras (8-mp rear, 2-mp front), 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, MicroSD card, Bluetooth and a 7 hr battery life.

Encore comes with full version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 coming pre-installed,  Xbox as a pre-loaded app with free music streaming service for 90 days and free Xbox games.  Content can be shared between screens using Xbox SmartGlass.

The 8 inch tab also pretty light – weighing in at 450g and costs $299-$329 in the US. No local pricing available yet. 

Key features:

. 20.32cm (8″) AutoBrite 1280 x 800 HFFS wide view angle LCD display with 5-point multi-touch support

. 2GB LPDDR3 memory

. Intel HD graphics

. Up to 64GB eMMC

. Connected standby support (InstantGo)

. High quality stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plusi

. 2.0MP front camera (1080p video capture) and 8.0MP rear camera (1080p video capture)

. Dual microphones with beam-forming technology
. Built-in GPS

 Colour: Light gold

. Dimensions: 213 x 136 x 10.68 mm

Toshiba are not confirming a sale date locally, but we may know more this week, a rep indicated. 

The show-and-tell intro to all-new Toshiba Encore will take place this Wednesday at the company’s Sydney HQ, where they will also be unveiling yet-to-be-released B2B PC’s.