TOSHIBA EXPANDS WINDOWS TABLET FAMILY WITH ENCORE 2 TABLETS
Starting at $199, Encore 8-inch and 10-inch Tablets Offer Productivity, Performance and Portability in a Thinner, Lighter Design
IRVINE, Calif. – May 27, 2014 Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Encore™ 2 line of tablets powered by Windows® 8.1.
Available in 8- and 10.1-inch diagonal screen sizes1, both tablets come equipped with stunning visuals, superior sound and preloaded with apps like Xbox® Music and Video, Kindle® Reader, Skype™ and a one year subscription to Office 365™, these tablets are ready for productivity and entertainment right out of the box. Starting at just $199.99 MSRP2, Encore 2 tablets perfectly balance value and performance to give consumers the optimal experience for work and play.
“Our Encore 2 tablets are the perfect complement to a customer’s arsenal of devices, giving them the familiarity and common functionality of Windows for a more seamless computing experience, whether they’re editing or creating documents, enjoying movies and games or staying in touch with friends and family,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.
Thinner, Lighter Design
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 pounds3, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280x800) multi-touch display – the 10-inch model is ideal for working on documents, web browsing and movie watching and the 8-inch model is perfect for on-the-go reading, entertainment and gaming.
“The mobility provided by the Toshiba Encore 2 family, 8- and 10-inch, deliver a flexible solution for customers in a mobile-first world,” said Peter Han, vice president of worldwide OEM marketing, Microsoft Corp. “Toshiba’s continued innovation combined with touch and the capabilities in Windows 8.1 delivers an experience that will delight customers.”
Optimized Productivity and Entertainment
Powered by the quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor4, Encore 2 tablets provide all the performance and speed necessary for enjoying the latest mobile games with stunning graphics and getting work done all day as well as fast start-up, browsing and multitasking in Windows 8.1. The tablets offer up to a 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback5. Stereo speakers plus Dolby® Digital Plus audio provide an immersive audio experience, while ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi® offers speedy streaming and smooth browsing. Encore 2 tablets additionally make it easy to enjoy content on compatible HDTV’s with a built-in Micro HDMI® port and wireless display support right out of the box. For students and mobile professionals, 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.
“Intel Atom processors provide high performance for sleek mobile devices on a low-power platform,” said Josh Newman, senior director for Tablets, Intel Mobile & Communications Group. “From effortless multitasking and document creation to rich, immersive entertainment, a tablet with an Intel Atom processor enables consumers to get the most out of a mobile device with extraordinary battery life.”
Encore 2 tablets also include a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal6, giving customers access to full versions of Word, Excel®, Power Point®, OneNote® and Outlook® with the ability to work online and offline and sync between devices when connected to OneDrive™.
Both tablets can be configured with up to 64GB of onboard storage7 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.
The 10-inch Encore 2 tablet will be available for purchase in early July at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us, starting at $269.99.
The 8-inch Encore 2 tablet will be available for purchase in early July at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us, starting at $199.99.
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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading laptops, tablets, HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc™ and media streaming products; physical and cloud storage solutions; virtual desktop infrastructure; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visit toshiba.com/us
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba’s web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.