This new Windows 8.1 tablet could topple Apple’s iPad mini in business

by Doug Drinkwater

September 5 2013

Toshiba today announced its latest tablet, with the new Toshiba Encore seemingly having both the specs and the affordable price point to compete with Apple’s iPad mini in the workplace.

BERLIN, GERMANY – Announced 24 hours before the start of the IFA technology convention in Germany, the Toshiba Encore boasts an 8-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, Intel’s latest 1.8GHz Bay Trail Atom processor and will run Windows 8.1 – which itself launches on October 18 – when it comes to market in November.

There are other benefits for business users too with Office Home & Student 2013 pre-loaded on the device, which is also said to offer a “fully-optimized” Skype experience. Furthermore, there are connections for micro USB, micro HDMI, while the 32GB of internal storage can be expanded using the micro SD card slot.

Toshiba adds that the Encore has a textured rear to make it easier to hold and says that it weighs 16.9 ounces and is .42 inches thick, which makes it slighter bigger than the iPad mini (10.8 ounces, .28 inches thick).

However, in an effort to show that the Encore isn’t just for business folk seeking a pocket-able device, Toshiba has also packed the tablet with apps for Amazon’s Kindle and Xbox Smart Glass (the second screen app for Xbox One and 360).

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  • Doug
    1 year 2 months ago
    Jack, I am not actually saying that it is an 'iPad killer'. I think most journalists realized there was no such thing some time ago. However, what I am saying is that this model could represent an alternative to the iPad mini in business, what with Office, a decent Skype experience and the security features that come with W8.1

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