Toshiba announced the Encore Mini 7 tablet that runs full-blown Windows 8.1.
Inside, this thing packs Intel’s Atom Z3735G processor and just 1GB of RAM, while the included 7-inch screen can handle 1024×600 pixels. There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity support, Bluetooth 4.0, 2-megapixel rear and 0.3 (VGA) front cameras, and 16GB of expandable storage. Yes, with specs like these – I would assume people will have hard time “properly” running Microsoft’s platform. Then again, that’s about all you can get for $119.99, which is the amount you’ll have to pay for the Encore Mini 7. Plus, as part of your purchase – you’ll also get a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive storage.
“With Encore Mini, we worked hand-in-hand with Microsoft to deliver a high-quality small-screen Windows 8.1 tablet at an entry-class price point. Our product portfolio of Windows tablets continues to grow, enabling us to deliver more screen size choice to consumers at a lower price point, while still maintaining a consistently high-level of quality and features for a greater value.” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.
Aside from the US, the Toshiba Encore Mini 7 is also heading to Europe, with Germany, France and the UK getting it later this year. Even though the price seems right, I doubt it will sell like cupcakes. Simply put, Windows 8.1 requires better hardware…