Toshiba debuts the 8" Encore - a $330 Windows tablet that fits in your palm

Toshiba debuts the 8
Now this is a new development - Toshiba just sent us the details of a brand new Windows 8.1 tablet it's been quietly preparing, called Encore. The 8" slate has a 1280x800 pixels IPS display, and is powered by a Bay Trail Atom chipset, pairing good Win 8 performance with long battery life.

You can, of course, run all legacy Windows programs on it, though with 32 GB of internal storage only a limited amount will fit, but you can expand via the supplied microSD card slot. The 8-incher is built of light and durable gray polycarbonate on the outside, and features a generous 8 MP camera on the back.

It has been crafted with careful input from Microsoft, knowing how popular the Encore will be with its $330 price, so it features dual-microphone setup for great Skype-ing experience. It also comes preloaded with Office Home & Student 2013, Xbox SmartGlass app, free streaming pass to Xbox Music, Norton Anti-Theft and some more apps, so a pretty good value for the money.

The microHDMI port is an added bonus for streaming stuff to your TV with a cheapo cable, and you can get all goods of the Toshiba Encore 8" Win 8 tablet at all major retailers come November, for the said $329.99 price tag.

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  • Display 8.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB



1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012


6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Can we install normal windows program on microsd card? Because 32GB is too small.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I can see myself getting more interested in wp in time. This is starting to fire on more cylinders then anything I anticipated coming down pipe from ms and its OEM's.

3. lekeola

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I'm looking forward to samsung tiv tab 3. I love d 10.1 inches tablet @ 8mm thin. ideal and perfect for my business software I just wish it become available soon

4. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

why place the toshiba logo on the front? makes it so ugly :/

5. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I thought the 8 inch Windows Tablets were supposed to come preloaded with MS Home and student Office? The main thing is- is the touch screen images sharp looking. Acer was the first company to bring a Windows 8--8.1 inch tablet t0 market and it's screen STANK so bad no one said it was worth buying. at 330 dollars this one will sell well in the market place. it would be even Cheaper and have more battery life if it Ran Windows RT .I know it's not a popular OS but folks it comes preloaded with MS Office Home and student plus if it were loaded with high school or College text books it would be the Perfect small tablet for students to carry instead of heavy text books Window Rt is a great fit for reading E-books, reading educational text books and using it for games and web Entertainment Tablets because you don't need a full PC OS to do these things

7. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I'd personally want RT on it for like you mentioned cheaper and more battery life. I really an 8 inch tablet and RT is fine. I still have my laptop and plenty of PCs in my house.

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Well, we have a full Windows 8 on an Atom, so we have to see how "good battery life" and "good windows 8 performance" translate. Will the battery last 8-10 hours (and many days in standby) like in the Nexus 7 or the iPad? Will the performance be smooth as in the (new) Nexus 7 or the iPad? So, if speed and battery life will not be on par with its android and ios competitors, this product is probably destined to fail. As a matter of fact, it could be destined to fail in any case... Windows RT had good battery life and performance, but people ignored it, due to the lack of apps, counterintuitive interface etc etc. Now they're trying with Windows 8: what does it have that RT didn't have? Legacy apps support. How many people do really want to use legacy applications (that means, not designed for touch) on an a tablet? What's more, on an 8'' tablet? I bet not many. So why should this succeed where RT failed?

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Simple, it's full Windows 8, and the new Atom and Haswell chips are great on battery life. This has a small screen, so less power consumed. I'd love an 8" full Windows tablet, either this, the 2nd-gen Iconia W3, or any other that comes out. Perfect accompaniment to my desktop without being as cumbersome as a full laptop.

14. FadyNabil

Posts: 39; Member since: May 10, 2013

legacy apps support means that you can do almost anything by this device, you can even run an android emulator (blue stacks) and have all android apps+windows 8 apps, that's one of the things you can do, it's more powerfull platform. But the atom is still not a real intel processor, still too weak and laggy. Hope haswell can solve that.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Once and for all, Windows 8 is just a better fit then Microsoft gave it credit for. It will run well on "lesser" tablets. Given time, the price will drop as adjustments are made. I am not a "RT" hater. It was packaged wrong, and promoted poorly. For what it was designed to be, it is an amazing OS. But, Win8 has it beat and can be adapted. Anyone purchasing a 8" Tablet is not going to run a bunch of legacy programs. It is being bought as a basic media tablet with maybe some need to play with documents or get basic functions accomplished. WinRT just wasn't really needed.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is nice. I might get it. Nice to have a real tablet besides the iPad.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is nice. I might get it. Nice to have a real tablet besides the iPad.

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Hmm, this or an Acer Iconia W3 2nd-gen?

15. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Kills ipad mini with its full fledged desktop os

16. tropolite

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 09, 2013

I've grabbed one of these as soon as it was available. What a great little tablet! With Windows 8.1 (middle of the road, ie not RT and not Pro), the new Atom chip performs very well (I've been testing with some games). I do have a question though, Office Home Student supposedly is free with the tablet, but when I click on the Office Icon it presents options to me for Office 365, Purchasing or adding an activation code. I didn't take much time going through the box (there wasn't much there) but I didn't see an activation code for Office Home and Student. Am I missing something?

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