Toshiba has expanded its range of tablet PCs by introducing two new Windows 8.1 tablets in the Encore 2 range, and one new Android tablet dubbed Excite Go.
While the Encore 2 range of tablets with 8-inch and 10-inch screen sizes run on the recently announced Windows 8.1 with Bing version, the Excite Go tablet features a 7-inch display and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.
The 10-inch and 8-inch Encore 2 tablets are priced at $269 (roughly Rs. 15,900) and $199 (roughly Rs. 11,800) respectively and would be available in early July in the US.
Both the Encore 2 tablets with 8-inch and 10-inch screen size sport the same (1280x800 pixel) resolution multi-touch display. This means that out of the two, the 8-inch Encore 2 tablet should have the sharper display. Both come with a front-facing 1.2-megapixel HD webcam and a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus capable of recording full-HD videos.
Both the Encore 2 tablets Intel's quad-core Atom Z3735F processor (Bay Trail-T with Silvermont microarchitecture, with reference clock at 1.3GHz) and include 32GB of inbuilt storage. It has been noted that both the tablets can be configured up to 64GB of inbuilt storage and can support up to 128GB of storage via microSDXC card.
However, the only difference besides the screen size is that the Encore 2 10-inch is said to feature 2GB of RAM, while its smaller 8-inch version reportedly includes 1GB of RAM. The connectivity options of the Encore 2 tablets is only seen to include Wi-Fi 802.11 n and Micro-USB 2.0 as connectivity options.
Both the tablets come with 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and can run for 8.5 hours on a single charge. While the Encore 2 8-inch weighs around 367 grams, the Encore 2 10-inch weighs around 548 grams.
Unfortunately, not all the specifications of the tablets are known, however, we expect more to be revealed as the Encore 2 tablets reach in the market.
Toshiba's Excite Go comes with a 7-inch (1024x600 pixels) resolution display. It runs on the same Intel quad-core Atom Z3735F processor like both the above mentioned Encore 2 tablets. Equipped with 16GB of inbuilt storage, the tablet can support up to 128GB via microSDXC card. It has been also noted that the Excite Go would feature 1GB of RAM.
Toshiba's Excite Go tablet comes with a pre-loaded full version of OfficeSuite Pro and delivers up to 7.5 hours of use in a single charge. The dimensions of the tablet are not yet known, but Toshiba says it will come in Satin Gold colour, and weigh around 354 grams.