Microsoft Reveals Toshiba Encore 7, A 7-inch Windows Tablet

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Toshiba Encore 7

At Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president, demonstrated the latest Windows hardware devices which will be available in new lower price points and new markets. For the first time, Microsoft revealed Toshiba’s upcoming 7” Encore tablet. This will be one of the first 7-inch Windows device that will come to market. The tablet is being co-developed by Microsoft and Toshiba and in close collaboration with Intel, Goodix and AMI.

It will be available in the coming months at a value-driven price point. Microsoft also highlighted that the pricing will be very competitive with any other 7” class device. My prediction is that it will be around $150. Microsoft also talked about how recent Windows enhancements including $0 Windows for devices smaller than 9 inches, relaxed certification requirements, are enabling new class of devices in various markets.



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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

    Broadwell?

    • NGM123

      Toshina?

    • Bugbog

      Keep dreaming!

  • ilke

    fyi, typo in the title.

    • PoohGQ

      he he he ..I thought it was the name of the 7″ Surface tab..!

      • ilke

        at first I thought the same :)

    • Danny

      Typo in URL too. toshina-encore-7

  • Il Baffo

    Is this ARM or x86?

    Also check the news title.

    • http://www.facebook.com/revi.bennett Revben Chase Da Kingdom

      Yeah, is it arm or x86. Msft cannot be making it with tosihiba and not make it n arm, given there are $100 windows tablet on the market.

      • Joe_HTH

        It is not Arm. It’s running x86 Windows 8, as OEMS don’t make RT products.

    • Wtechrover

      In de post it states: ‘and in close collaboration with Intel,’
      So most probable it will be x86

  • NegLewis

    I only HOPE it will be a 64 GB + HDMI variant. + 4Cores.

    • Il Baffo

      And will it make cofee?

  • LexicoRed

    This is a bad idea, OEMs are going to make cheap, poor quality W8 tablets that is going to leads to users blaming Microsoft Windows for the terrible experience.

    • jaylyric

      Hopefully given the fact that Microsoft still isn’t as relaxed as Google,they won’t let that happen. I guess we’ll see.

    • NGM123

      Like they all blame google now for the zillions of crapdroid ones out there? Hang on, no they don’t, at the price point the dirty herd cop it. Give it a chance it should at least be a quality match for the nexus, MS isn’t that stupid…. hopefully.

      • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

        Unfortunately Scroogle can get away with anything as it’s the media, people blame O.E.M.’s for Scroogle’s mistakes, but Microsoft can expect a full load of… you know. That aside cheap Windows P.C.’s have been on the market for 3 decades and Windows is still 90+% of desktops, netbooks, notebooks, laptops, Etc.

      • LexicoRed

        It happen with netbooks, which Microsoft allowed it to happen, before that with really cheap desktops and laptops. Not to mention all of the crapware on top of the poor quality hardware, and MS took much of the criticism.

        But as you said hopefully,,,

  • jaylyric

    This can’t run full Windows 8.1. Not for $150 or so. That would be very interesting.. Bananas even..

    • Joe_HTH

      Yes they can. Windows 8 is free on devices with 9 inch or smaller screens.

      • jaylyric

        Oh yeah lol.. This is true.

  • NGM123

    At $150 that is really taking it to the crapdroid competition, great to see, 10 times more functionality, double the quality and for the same price, sick em Tosh!

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    OOOOHHHH!… toshiBa
    LOL!

    • NGM123

      Otherwise known as Toe Shiner

  • Sam

    tons of 7-8″ Windows Tablet on the market that no one is buying, yet Microsoft and their OEM will not make a 7-8″ with 4G/LTE that market is for iPad/Nexus 7

    • Wtechrover

      Pretty obvious when there are no 7″ Windows device, that nobody is buying.
      They first have to be available ;)

    • Joe_HTH

      Wait for the Surface Mini, which will probably be announced later this year. They haven’t killed it.

      • Sam

        I have been waiting for an LTE Windows tablet for 4+ years, bought the Surface RT so I am not going to buy another 10″ just for LTE I need a 7-8″ LTE

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      ASctuall y Android devices have always had the privilege that low-end devices inflate their numbers, thus user-base, Toshiba might make huge losses on it if they’ll produce a tonne and then the stores will have to practically ”give ‘em away”, but it will be a major victory for Microsoft and all of us if that would happen as loads of new Windows-users will be introduced to the ecosystem thus getting more app developers to jump on the platform. :-D

  • Thoughtful

    This is a very important device. Low cost tablets are possibly the biggest market not served by the MS ecosystem.

    This should eliminate the temptation for MS users to give Android tablets a try for price reasons. It should also allow new price sensitive users a chance to start with the MS ecosystem rather than having to start with Android. This is a significant win for consumers.

    I look forward to seeing these options on the shelves of the BestBuy’s of the world.

    • LexicoRed

      Low cost tablet buyer will not buy into the ecosystem in any meaningful way. If they buy on price they are not looking for the best solution, just the cheapest, so no add on office, skydrive, ect.

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    Hell yeah, I’ve been asking for this for years, Toshiba & Microsoft have done a great job, LAgdroid can take a run for their money, and having cheap Tablet-P.C.’s like these will also be more enterprize friendly, now just fuse Windows P.C.’s and Windows Phones to a super-O.S. and Windows will be unbeatable. :-D

  • iamwarpath

    a prototype we will never see

  • Dmdn

    Elsewhere it was mentioned to have a 1024×600 resolution.. How does it support Metro apps at that resolution? Those won’t launch even on a 720p screen…

    • Bugbog

      That restriction was removed last year.

      • Dmdn

        How was that removed, as my Windows 8.1 tablet can’t launch any apps on my HD ready LCD TV? Only way to launch them there is to use false ratio 1024×768. This is really stupid restriction, so please tell me how to bypass it?

        • Bugbog

          You’ve partially answered your own question. The issue is not one of native resolution (as any tablet or app would easily be capable of displaying), the issue is one of exporting.

          Since your TV doesn’t display the native resolution nor any of the apparent options offered then you have to fudge your settings when using the TV-Out. (The only probable/possible option may be to upgrade your TV to a full HD one?!)

          • Dmdn

            No, the issue is not exporting. Metro apps just simply do not launch (“resolution too low”) when I put the display to 720p. This is with or without using external displays. There seems to be a huge number of complaining about this issue in the ‘net. Just why anyone at Microsoft thought that 1280×720 is not to be supported while 1024×768 is beyond my capability of understanding.

          • Bugbog

            1280×720 Rez and not launching apps? First I’m ‘hearing’ of this.

            I’ve got a DV8P with a 1280×800 resolution and I’ve never had any app refuse to launch. Does the launch fail in native stand-alone, or do you have the device connected to an external monitor when that occurs?

          • Dmdn

            Just change your screen resolution on the DV8P to 1280x720p instead of the native 1280×800 and you will see it.

            And yes, when using it solely on device that resolution does not make any sense, but a lot of TVs and projectors like this resolution. It is also good for Miracast.

            If I put the output to 1080p then I cannot control the screen without mouse and keyboard as the tablet’s screen cannot display 1080p.

            To be honest, this is the single biggest failure of Windows 8.1 tablets so far.

            I just made a Google search with “windows 8 720p not supported” (no quotes) and got 56 million results. I would not call that a minor issue in any case.. ;)

          • Bugbog

            Not to be snarky, but this just means “you don’t get what you don’t pay for!” You may need to acquire a high res tablet in order to have the requisite output, like the ThinkPad 8?

          • Dmdn

            That may be, even if it has poorer battery life and is in general reviews deemed not worthy. But my original question was about the resolution rumored for this device, after which you responded that the restriction was removed. I was hoping that and saw your answer as hope-giving. I see now there is nothing productive coming here, so I will stop this after this post.
            Just also wanted to give my 50 cents for the absolutely ridiculous design decision not to support 720p screens in Metro apps. Or rather, the decision to actually support the resolution 1024×768 and not 720p, in this time and age when there is probably hundreds of times more devices with widescreen than the Screen Size of the Year 1999. What good does it do to Microsoft to fill the market with 8″ (and now even 7″) tablets which cannot be connected anywhere? Or at least not used to the extent that they could be.
            Do not get me wrong here, I like my cheapish device better than higher end iPad or Android tablets I have. I just do not understand plain idiocy, Win8 could be so much better without many such limitations.
            And in this case, I know I am not alone with lots of people encountering same problems. But as nothing seems to done to such artificial issues, it is near impossible for me to recommend Win8 tablets for power-users. Oh well, I guess we live, burn, and then live again on the other side of the fence.