Toshiba launches two inexpensive tablets: Excite Go Android slate and Encore 2 Windows 8.1 with Bing
Users on a budget looking for an inexpensive tablet will soon have two more options to choose from, the Excite Go and Encore 2, both coming our way from Toshiba. Whether you are Android or Windows fan, you will find something for yourself, as each of the company’s new offerings runs a different platform. The Toshiba Excite Go is an Android slate which will hit the market in early July for a very affordable price of $99. The Toshiba Encore 2 runs Windows 8.1 with Bing and will be available in two screen size versions – 8 and 10 inches. Both will go on sale in early July and will cost $199.99 for the smaller model and $249.99 for the 10-inch variant.
Toshiba Excite Go vs. Encore 2 Tablet
The Toshiba Excite Go is a 7-inch Android tablet offering a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. The slate has a quad-core Intel Atom processor under the hood along with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory expandable up to 128 GB via microSD slot. Weighing only 12.5 ounces, device is not only compact but also lightweight. It also appears to have quite a decent battery. According to Toshiba, the battery should be good for up to 8 hours of usage, although the company didn’t reveal the unit’s capacity.
As for the Windows tablets, aside from the size, the 8-inch and 10-inch Encore 2 are virtually identical. Both have the same 1280 x 800 resolution and are powered by quad-core Intel Atom chip. The Toshiba Encore 2 slates come equipped with 2 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of storage, with a microSD slot compatible with up to 128 GB cards. Both tablets pack 5-megapixel rear cameras with 1080p video capture as well as 1.2-megapixel front-facing snappers capable of 720p recording.
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 and Bluetooth 4.0, while the battery is rated for up to 8.5 hours of usage time. The 10-inch model also sports a micro HDMI port, which is not present on the 8-inch version. The Encore 2 tablets will be released with Microsoft’s newly-announced Windows 8.1 with Bing on board, which is a low-cost Windows 8.1 alternative. Both tablets will come with a one-year Microsoft Office 365 subscription.