Toshiba To Release A 8-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet Based On Intel Bay Trail

Intel Bay Trail

CNET today reported that Toshiba will be revealing their first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet branded as Encore at IFA. This new 8-inch tablet will be one of the first few devices that will be based on Intel Bay Trail-T processor. Intel Bay Trail processors are the next generation Atom processors that will offer 2x performance on the current generation Atom chips with more battery life.

Apart from Toshiba, lots of other OEMs are also expected to release Bay Trail based Windows 8.1 tablets and Ultraportables in the coming weeks and these devices are expected to hit the market for this holiday season.


The official announcement has confirmed the device. Read about it here.

Source: CNET

  • efjay

    RIP RT. :)

    • Wtechrover

      Not necessarily. There are other factors involved too. Like price, standby time a.o.

    • Yuan Taizong

      Well, Windows R.T. isn’t dead, it’s just too early on the market, Microsoft could’ve released it for low-end pricing as a cheap alternative to Windows 8 once the Windows Store surpassed 500.000 (which is when Windows R.T. will finally take off, and no-one will care not having access to the 4.000.000 desktop apps they so desperately need now) and people will buy smaller Tablet-P.C.’s running them, but untill now, Windows R.T. is just a ”too early on the market”-thing Microsoft is doing, so Windows 8.1 (Blue) needs to take off before Windows R.T.

      • Avatar Roku

        It was a catch 22 though because Intel might not have accelerated their Atom program if Windows didn’t announce support for ARM. Now Intel has said Atom is on the same update schedule as their Core processors.

        The reality is that the Windows RT app store is growing much faster than WP8 app store. Phones rely on ARM processors, so why would you get rid of RT if it has more apps than WP8?

    • TheNet Avenger

      Even if the RT tablets go away, the ARM version of Windows won’t.

      (WOA – Windows On Arm) There is a big movement with 64bit ARM processors used in server farms, and Windows Server is already in testing and running on them.

      There is also WP8, which uses the same code/kernel/core as Windows RT. The only difference between an RT tablet and a WP8 device is the WP8 device only exposes the WP8 application framework. (MIcrosoft could enable the WinSxS/Desktop subsystem on WP8 as it runs on Windows RT; however, it would be worthless on screens that small.)

      This also will be changing as RT and WP8 merge into a singular product as Microsoft has expressed, so the application layers will be the same.

    • Cruncher

      Getting rid of RT Tablets would be a very bad move. If you go with Intel only (e.g. Bay Trail) you have a big Performance gap in particular on the GPU side. The latest ARM design have significantly stronger GPUs, be it Qualcomm, Nvidia or Apple. If Windows is ever going to have a chance to compete with Android and Apple with games, there is no way around ARM.
      BayTrail is a compromise at best. In order to reach the low power goals, they had to save on the GPU side.

      By the way, you never increase your market share by reducing the range of the product portfolio.

      • Bugbog

        Not to mention Intel will become complacent again if it has Microsoft/Windows all to itself for both tablets and laptops!

    • Emily the Strange

      lol you are so ignorant its just waste of time to try to reply. but hey, only because you say/wish it, it wont stop Windows from running on ARM, just saying.

  • Yuan Taizong

    I’m looking forward to owning a Tablet-P.C. with a better processor than my Notebook/Laptop has today, I just hope that it will have enough internal stor… wait Windows 8.1 (Blue), thank you Microsoft SkyDrive for making internal storage irrelevant :-)