Toshiba Reveals Encore, a Pocket-Sized Tablet  Set to Deliver a Full Windows 8.1 Experience

2013-12-16


 Toshiba Reveals Encore, a Pocket-Sized Tablet

Set to Deliver a Full Windows 8.1 Experience

All-new Encore tablet with an 8-inch multi-touch display and Intel Atom processor delivers fast, full-screen web browsing, best-in-class Skype experience, Xbox second-screen capabilities and much more

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Optimized for Windows 8.1 and developed in close collaboration with Microsoft, the Encore hardware features are designed to support a full-spectrum software and apps experience.
  • Equipped with dual microphones for a best-in-class Skype™ experience.
  • Powered by the latest-generation Intel® Atom™ processor with InstantGo, unleashing fast, fluid performance with connected standby capabilities and long battery life rating.
  • Includes full version of Office Home & Student 2013, Xbox SmartGlass™ app, free streaming pass to Xbox Music, Norton™ Anti-Theft trial and more.

 

 

Markham, ON (December 16, 2013) – Toshiba of Canada’s Digital Products Group(DPG), today unveiled the Encore tablet, a consumer device designed to deliver an exceptional Windows 8.1 experience in a pocket-sized form factor. Developed in close collaboration with Microsoft and built for consumers seeking a versatile small-screen tablet for home, work and play, Encore is well-positioned to accelerate the market for Windows-based tablets by delivering software optimized features and sleek hardware design at a competitive price point.

 

“Encore is poised to re-energize the opportunity for Windows tablets in the market,” said Steve Wong, Product Manager at Toshiba Canada. “Our fundamental approach to designing Encore was to create a better convergence of hardware and software so the overall app experience and capabilities on a Windows-based device is better than ever. Windows has a lot to offer for a tablet user, and with the new features that Windows 8.1 brings, we believe that the Encore will deliver more choice against a range of competitive tablets.”

 

Smart, Small-screen Design

Designed to be held in one hand, the 8-inchEncore tablet is optimized for use at home or on the go. A high-resolution (1280 x 800) multi-touch HFFS display is well-suited for entertainment with wide viewing angles, while the new scaling capabilities of Windows 8.1 maximizes the screen real estate, making room for full-screen web browsing and an unencumbered Start screen view in both portrait and landscape orientations. Encased in a stylish silver textured backplate, Encore is both slim and lightweight, measuring 10.6mm (0.42 inches) and weighing just 479 grams (16.9 ounces).

 

Encore is powered by the power-efficient Intel® Atom™ processor, which delivers great performance, fast start-up and page loads, and an exceptional battery life rating. It also includes the connected standby capabilities of InstantGo, enabling the device to receive updates while sleeping so content is always up to date when use is resumed. In addition, Encore includes top quality features, such as an 8-megapixel camera, a full suite of sensors, including a gyroscope, accelerometer and GPS, as well as stereo speakers.

 

“Toshiba continues to drive touch innovation by bringing new and exciting Windows 8 form factors to life,” said Jordan Chrysafidis, vice president of Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to working with Toshiba on the launch of Windows 8.1 and seeing its holiday 2013 devices delight customers worldwide.”

 

Optimized for Skype

Encore is optimized for Skype, making high-quality video chatting and calling possible. Utilizing on-board dual microphones with beam forming technology and integrated 2-megapixel front camera, consumers can chat with clarity with friends and family throughout the world.

 

Easy Sharing and Streaming with Windows 8 Devices

Completely compatible with both Windows 8 apps and Windows 7 programs, Encore offers seamless integration and content sharing with other Windows devices, giving the device an edge for multi-device home users looking to stream and share content from room to room.

 

Great for play. Ideal for work.

The Encore tablet supports a wide range of applications – from books, games, movies, music and photos to productivity – making it a versatile device that can be used and enjoyed at home, at work or on the go. Ready to go right out of the box, Encore will feature Xbox Movies, Music and Games entertainment services, Amazon’s Kindle e-reading app, as well as the Xbox SmartGlass app which turns the tablet into a secondary screen for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles. Also included is a full version of Office Home & Student 2013 for convenient viewing and creation of Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® documents.

 

Equipped with Tablet Essentials

Encore includes 32GB of storage and is equipped with essential ports including a Micro USB 2.0 port, Micro HDMI® port and a microSD™ slot for up to 32GB more storage. Ultrafast dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi® enables easy wireless media streaming.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Toshiba Encore tablet will be available for purchase in December at major retailers, e-tailers and  Toshiba.ca  for $349.99 MSRP.

 

Toshiba of Canada

Toshiba of Canada Limited is a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, one of the world's leading diversified electric/electronic manufacturers, providing customers worldwide with innovative technologies. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Toshiba of Canada is a digital technology leader with a wide range of products and solutions for consumers and business including: All-In-Ones, Laptops, Tablets, LED Televisions, Docking Stations, Hard Drives, Multi-Functional Printers, Document Solutions, Telecommunications, POS Systems, Medical Imaging equipment and more. Throughout its history, Toshiba’s commitment to technological and environmental innovations has distinguished the corporation from its competitors. For more information, visit Toshiba on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

 

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