Toshiba Announces 8- and 10.1-inch Encore 2 Windows Tablets Starting From Just $199

Toshiba Encore 2Along with the announcement about the new laptop hybrid called Satellite Radius and next generation 2-in-1 detachable PCs – the Satellite Click 2 and Satellite Click 2 Pro, Toshiba also announced 8- and 10.1 inch Encore 2 Windows tablets.

Encore 2 tablets feature an elegant Satin Gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs just 1.2 pounds, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display,  quad-core Intel Atom processor, 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback, Stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus audio,  ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi, built-in Micro HDMI® port and wireless display support,

On software side, Encore 2 devices also include TruCapture™, an app that works in conjunction with the integrated cameras to capture and correct snapshots of whiteboards, blackboards and books so the contents are sharp, clear and legible. Also it includes 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, giving customers access to full versions of Word, Excel, Power Point, OneNote and Outlook.

There is more in these devices. Both tablets will be available up to 64GB of onboard storage and also feature a microSD card slot supporting microSDXC cards up to 128GB, as well as a Micro-USB 2.0 port for connecting to external devices and charging. In addition, Encore 2 tablets provide an amazing video chat experience with an HD webcam and 5MP rear-camera with auto-focus.

Pricing and Availability

The 10-inch Encore 2 tablet will be available for purchase in early July at select retailers and on, starting at $269.99.

The 8-inch Encore 2 tablet will be available for purchase in early July at select retailers and on, starting at $199.99.

  • DH Dog

    I am curious about the 8″ one…

  • Bugbog

    Definitely not ‘wowing’, but looks decent, hits all the relevant check boxes and is highly affordable!

  • Jeff Hung

    I’m still waiting for an 8″ Windows tablet with decent pen support (Wacom or N-Trig, not crappy rubber stylus). It’s perfect for me to use OneNote on it as a digital notepad.

    • Bugbog

      Yeah, I was kinda expecting what they actually delivered with the Surface Pro 3 to be delivered as the Surface Mini!

  • robertwade

    8″ tablets just aren’t of any use to me. I have my Lumia if I need small-form computing. The 10″ device is much more appealing…but I’m holding out for the Surface Pro 3.

    • NH3MAN

      Love my Dell Venue Pro 8 and its ability to run Windows programs, and its reworked pen while not Wacom good is still decent enough for notes and drawings and much better than rubber stick. Its great for media consumption and will do for work when I don’t feel like getting on my desktop or lugging my laptop. My Windows Phone is just not the same.

  • Michael Henasey

    Stop calling these Windows tablets when the hardware Windows key is not prominently placed on the front of the device.

    Dell and everyone is repackaging their Android tablets for Windows and the Windows key is on the side of the device.

    Something so small and simple is actually a big distraction and inconvenience when its missing.

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    I’m still waiting for a Windows P.C. under the € 100,- that will be a true Android-killer.

  • Rikkirik

    For a budget windows tablet this is great. These prices and quality can rival any cheap Android tablet or Chromebook on the market. Tablets will only become cheaper. Look at the SP3, which is already much cheaper than a Pixel Chromebook or a Mac, while offering so much more. This is thé way to go to gain more market share and making sales.

  • Wieland

    Soooo… Whats the difference to the first Encore? I see none…