The market is saturated with small-sized affordable Android tablets, but if you prefer Microsoft’s platform, your options are rather limited. Since Windows is associated with more professional use, the system is a more popular choice for larger devices. However, Toshiba stands a great chance to change the trend with the announcements of the 7-inch Encore 7 Windows 8.1 tablet, which was unveiled at Computex in Taiwan by Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Nick Parker.
7-inch Toshiba Encore 7 Windows Tablet
The Toshiba Encore 7 Windows tablet will go on sale in the coming months and is expected to be a budget-friendly offering. According to speculations, the Encore 7 could cost under $150. Such price seems pretty realistic, since the bigger Encore 8 is priced at $200.
The Encore 7 is a product of a close cooperation between Toshiba, Microsoft and Intel. As the name suggests, the tablet has a display measuring 7 inches diagonally with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Unlike other low price devices that make use of ARM processors, the Encore 7 is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735 chip clocked at 1.33 GHz. If there was ever any doubt that it can be done, it should dissolve now.
The tablet comes with 1 GB of RAM and barely 16 GB of internal memory. It’s not much for a Windows 8.1 slate, but luckily there is a microSD slot for storage expansion. In order to bring the price down, Toshiba gave up on dual cameras. There is only one sensor located on the front panel, however, resolution remains unknown for now.
As mentioned before, the Encore 7 runs Windows 8.1 and is the smallest device preloaded with this version of the platform. It remains to be see how the system will behave on such compact device and with not very powerful internals, but intentions certainly were good. If the price is right, the Encore 7 might be a worthy competitor to cheap Android tablets.
source: GSM Arena