IFA 2013 | The Toshiba Encore is the world's second 8-inch Windows tablet
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Smaller than 10-inch, inexpensive devices account for the bulk of sales in the tablet market. Windows has been conspicuous by its absence with only a single device (Acer Iconia W3) fitting into that category. All that changed when Toshiba announced the Encore which one-ups the W3 in nearly every way and still manages to comes in at a lower price.
The tablet features an 8-inch 1280 x 800 5-point multi-touch display, a new Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 2 GB RAM, up to 64 GB internal memory, Windows 8.1, a micro USB 2.0 port, a micro HMDI port, a microSD slot (up to 64 GB cards), Dolby Digital Plus sound, 802.11 a/b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and dual microphones.
Intel's new processor is certainly what catches the eye here. Bay Trail chips are supposed to offer twice the speed of the previous generation of Atoms, all while using even less power. Toshiba hasn't shared any details about processing speed or battery life yet, but both are sure to be solid.
Like all 10-inch and smaller Windows 8 devices, the Encore ships preloaded with a full version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013. The camera and microphones have also been optimized for Skype. All of which should make the Encore a surprisingly productive and versatile device.
The Toshiba Encore will be available in most regions starting in November. Prices start at US$329.99.