With the launch of the Toshiba’s new Encore tablet, the 8-inch Windows tablet battle got lot more interesting. The device is Bay trail-powered, with which the Windows 8.1 tablet is currently available for $299 ($329 MSRP).
The tablet features an 8-inch display which is surrounded by a series of thick black bezels. On the upper right corner lies a 2-MP camera, which describes that Toshiba designed this tablet for portrait use.
The tablet features micro-HDMI port, a microUSB port, a micro SD Card slot, a headphone jack and physical buttons for power and volume.
The 8-inch screen of the new tablet has a 1280 x 800 WXGA panel which delivers vibrant colors. The Encore is powered by a 1.8-GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Adding to which the company also claims that the new tablet is built to offer between 10-12 hours of battery life.
Japanese multinational engineering and electronics Conglomerate Corporation has also preloaded some of its proprietary software, including Book Place, Service Station and TruCapture, a note-taking app in their new tablet. The company has also claimed that the Encore will feature 30 days of free Skype calling.
Encore has round edges and has 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.43-inch dimensions, and the rear panel is made from a silver textured plastic which ensures a better grip.
Conclusively, it seems Encore has everything that is required to beat its direct competitor, as it offers a sharper camera, HDMI output and an apparently better video chat experience.