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Toshiba Encore tablet heavily optimized for Windows 8.1

Dale Davies |
Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD) unveiled the Encore, an 8-inch tablet with Windows 8.1, high-resolution display and with price in a very competitive range.

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The Encore tablet is developed in close collaboration with Microsoft, according to Toshiba, and designed to be held in one hand. A high-resolution 1280 x 800 multi-touch HFFS display is obviously made with entertainment in mind thanks to its wide viewing angles. Encased in a stylish silver textured backplate, Encore is lim and lightweight, measuring 0.42 inches (10.68 mm) and weighing just 16.9 ounces (479g).

Encore is optimized for Skype, making high-quality video chatting and calling possible. Utilizing on-board dual microphones with beam forming technology and integrated 2-megapixel front camera consumers can chat with clarity. Encore includes 32GB of storage and is equipped with a Micro USB 2.0 port, Micro HDMI port and a microSD slot for up to 32GB more storage. Ultrafast dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi enables easy wireless media streaming.

Encore is powered by the Intel Atom processor and it includes InstantGo, enabling the device to receive updates while sleeping so content is always up to date when use is resumed. Encore has an 8-megapixel camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, and stereo speakers.

Completely compatible with both Windows 8 apps and Windows 7 programs, Encore offers integration and content sharing with other Windows devices. It will feature Xbox Movies, Music and Games entertainment services, Amazon's Kindle e-reading app, as well as the Xbox SmartGlass app which turns the tablet into a secondary screen for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles.

Also included is a full version of Office Home & Student 2013 for convenient viewing and creation of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Encore tablet will be available for purchase in November for $329.99.

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