Toshiba Encore Mini is the first Windows 8.1 tablet to take on all the cheap Android slates out there

Toshiba Encore Mini is the first Windows 8.1 tablet to take on all the cheap Android slates out there
Toshiba today unveiled the Encore Mini, which seems to be the cheapest tablet ever to run a full version of Windows 8.1. The slate was developed following a “close” collaboration with Microsoft, and it’s obviously the Redmond giant’s attempt to compete with the army of ultra-cheap Android tablets available all around the world.

The Toshiba Encore Mini costs $119, and can be bought starting today from Toshiba’s online store and major retailers. It sports a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, running what Microsoft is calling “Windows 8.1 with Bing”, and offering free 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, plus 1 TB (one terabyte) of OneDrive storage space. The new tablet further features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera “with microphone”, 1.83 GHz Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable internal memory. It seems that Toshiba is selling only a white version of the Encore Mini, with no word on the future availability of other colors.

Would you consider getting this $119 Windows 8.1 slate from Toshiba, or do you think there are more attractive Android tablets at this price point out there?


source: Toshiba (1), (2)

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21 Comments

1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

ok some one help me understand this, if android tabs are out there everywhere with such cheap prices why is it Microsoft couldn't follow the same specs and just slap windows on there?

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Cuz windows 8.1 (PC) is not free, unlike android , its a free cheap OS....yup

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I thought they did away with the license fee or did i miss that

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I think it was for windows phone 8.1..

10. avmitking

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

upto 9 inch, any device can get windows 8.1 free. what I understood

9. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

They give it free to manufacturer's if the screen size under a certain number . Which is 9 inches and below

14. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

windows run on x86 hardware and not arm, win rt is then one which run on same hardware as android

3. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

This is a cheap tablet a Person can use for reading an E-Book , Surfing the Web, Listen to Music and look at web TV on. it's an ENTERTAiNMENT Tablet. you do not do serious document production on it although you can edit a MS document if you can see the Print if you can deal with it's limitations it's a loungers tablet.

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

i didnt understand why people cried about having full blown windows on such a small device to begin with

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Because its Microsoft.

17. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

installing torrents on it... every morning i wake up i turn on the downloads of all new tv series...finish downloading before i leave for work... and watch them in the train

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Android tablet is better option then. Does the entertainment stuff MILES better than Windows tablet and is also ready for light document editing (with app such as Quickoffice).

13. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

How is an Android tablet better? Seriously? What can Android do that full windows can't? I swear. Nowadays people are saying Android is better than desktop computers. Android isn't even better than Windows rt yet people are saying Android is better than full windows

15. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

these things 8 inch win tablet can do (dell venu 8 pro) 1. it can run pcsx2, dolphin, ppssspp and pcx emulator. this means you can run ps2 games and nintendo wii on your tablet. 2.full office for free 3.full browser like chrome, firefox which can stream youtube, run facebook and many things. full browser can replace hundred thousands of android apps. 4. it can run android emulator and android x86 hence you can use android apps in your tab 5.desktop apps like photoshop runs well 6. desktop games in low setting run ok and they are playable. fifa , pes, call of duty, e.t.c 7.multitasking is million times better. in windows compare to android. file explorer make easy to manage your files 8.win 8.1 has mobile apps like asphalt 8, fifa 14, skull of shougan here maps and bing news. hence you will get two flavour of mobile and desktop 9.you can use accessory like mouse, keyboard, external monitor, printer and make it full pc 10.nowadays win tab can last up to 12hours of battery so battery is not an issue

19. reggiexp

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

dude you know ANDROID runs PSX DOLPHIN and PPSSPP okay for psp you must have a good GPU and CPU and dolphin don't even try if you don't have a tegra K1 cause even on the tegra k1 it lags other wise you are right

16. Dastrix unregistered

You do realize that whatever you say lacks objectivity and is all your opinion + you mean to say that Quickoffice or whatever is better than MS Office? LOL good luck with that.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Does entertainment better? Really? Please let us know how a mobile OS does better than a full desktop OS

11. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

1024x600? Not even worth $119.

12. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

People will always hate on anything Microsoft. The surface pro can compare to a MacBook air. -nope it can either be a tablet or ultrabook not both. Too expensive. The surface rt can compare to an iPad. - where is the desktop? Why can't I install regular applications? Too expensive Cheap tablets with full windows 8.1 can do more than any Android tablet. - 1024x600 ? Not worth the dirt cheap prices Microsoft just cannot win. They have to slap an apple logo on their products and change their name to Google if they want the tech world to judge them fairly

18. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

they price it expensive coz they dont want atack they OEM partners....

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

its really not expensive for what you are getting. What other OEM offers an i5 or i7 with the same specs for the same price? Not to mention the pen and magnesium frame etc.

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