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It may feature a $120 MSRP, but the Encore Mini will be priced at $99 the moment it hits store shelves

We’ve seen plenty of Android tablets hit the $100 price mark (and below), and there have been a few Chinese OEMs that have promised $100 Windows-based tablets. However, when a big PC OEM like Toshiba starts talking about an aggressively priced Windows-based tablet, we really start listening.
Toshiba today announced the new 0.78-pound Encore Mini, which is a 7” tablet that features a meager 1024x600 display, Intel Atom Z3735G processor (paired with 1GB of RAM), and 16GB of onboard storage. Toshiba also throws in a microSDXC slot for those that need more room for the music and videos. Toshiba does include both rear- and front-facing cameras into the Encore Mini, but don’t expect to take anything but muddy, washed out pictures with the respective 2MP and 0.3MP units.

The Encore Mini of course runs Windows 8.1 with Bing, which is provided to OEMs for free in exchange for producing low-cost devices for consumers. As an added bonus, Toshiba is also throwing in 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and an Office 365 subscription (each for one year) for free.

And while the specs are nothing to get too worked up about, the Encore Mini will carry a wallet-friendly MSRP $120 in the United States. More impressively, PC World states that the tablet will actually be priced closer to $100 when it hits the street.

Sources: Toshiba, PC World

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So its free basically?
By Mitch101 on 9/3/2014 8:53:46 AM , Rating: 1
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and an Office 365 subscription (each for one year) for free.

If this is a true Office 365 subscription which costs $10.00 a month and this is a $120/$100 device then this device is basically free if your someone who is going to get Office 365 sub anyway.

RE: So its free basically?
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 9:12:26 AM , Rating: 3
It is the personal sub, not the family sub. So it is a $70 added value. Still a nice bonus, but I could not see myself using a tablet with such a terrible screen resolution.

RE: So its free basically?
By Mitch101 on 9/3/2014 9:25:37 AM , Rating: 2
HDMI out would solve that but since its 8.1 you could use Miracast to extent or mirror the display to a monitor add a Blutooth keyboard and USB mouse and use it like a PC.

Thats the way I see a lot of these devices going or should be already where you dock your phone/tablet and then you have your main monitor/Keyboard/Mouse then when your on the run its your phone/tablet. Little excuse other than the market spoon feeding us since many of these devices are reaching quad/octal cores and capable of UHD/4K resolutions.

RE: So its free basically?
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 9:29:21 AM , Rating: 4
If I am at home where a larger screen is available, I'll just use a PC. The whole point to a tablet is portability. Plugging it into a screen and keyboard defeats that purpose.

RE: So its free basically?
By Mitch101 on 9/3/2014 9:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
I love my pc but if your not doing anything hardcore like most people where they surf the web/email/etc then your phone/tablet is plenty capable of being your home computer it may just be limited to screen real estate. As for storage there is 1TB free cloud storage that's probably more than most home computers have today and that cloud storage is only going to increase over time. There is always USB port.

Look at the Ouya android mini game console you could get some gaming in there too its only going to get more powerful and the Ouya has much less power than a lot of the phones/tablets that are out there now.

It should be here already a dock that you put your phone/tablet onto and it becomes a full monitor PC with some light gaming today and its only going to get better.

Hardcore still remains with a PC.

RE: So its free basically?
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 9:51:35 AM , Rating: 2
Ouya isn't the best example to use as it has been a complete flop. You don't have to convince me of the viability of tablets either. I own several. But I would rather pay extra for a screen I can live with.

RE: So its free basically?
By Mitch101 on 9/3/2014 1:47:27 PM , Rating: 3
I understand it wont replace my PC anytime soon but for someone like my wife it would.

RE: So its free basically?
By Alexvrb on 9/3/2014 11:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
Resolution has never really bothered me much (to a point), I feel the other factors are more important to the overall quality of the display. Unfortunately, this one is bound to be poor. The cheaper Android units use the same/similar displays, and after using a few I think they're OK for kids or as a "starter" device but that's about it.

HP's Stream 7 has a higher-quality, somewhat higher-res 1280 x 800 display, and it seems like a much nicer better-built 7" model. But it's also $200 and packs the same specs. :-/ They could have at least upped the RAM. At that point I think you're better off taking the $200 and putting it towards a more substantial tablet in the ~$300 range. But for some people one of the cheaper devices might be perfect, so I'm glad to see the big brands (with somewhat more tolerable warranties and customer service than the no-names) are covering basically the whole range now.

RE: So its free basically?
By atechfan on 9/4/2014 3:26:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not even talking about replacing a PC. Even for tablet uses, the resolution sucks. Simple web browsing on this will have you side scrolling on some websites. Metro apps will not work. It won't even display 720p.

RE: So its free basically?
By DT_Reader on 9/3/2014 6:16:52 PM , Rating: 2
You need 1024x768 minimum to run any Metro app. HDMI out doesn't solve a thing. Without 768, you can't even run the app store, let alone run Metro apps. This or any other x600 tablet is a waste of money.

By Wolfpup on 9/3/2014 9:46:00 AM , Rating: 2
Okay, so the specs aren't great (except for the CPU), but that's a REAL WINDOWS tablet for less than the price of tons of junky Android tablets (or, for that matter, the butchered fake-Android tablets by the likes of Amazon).

This thing's a no brainer at that price.

The CPU's actually good too. I thought for sure it would use a first gen Atom, but nope, it's second gen.

I still want a Surface Pro 3, but I may buy this sucker too anyway :-D

By Shadowmaster625 on 9/3/14, Rating: -1
RE: unbearable
By bobdelt on 9/3/2014 8:23:48 AM , Rating: 2
I've had the complete opposite experience. I have the encore (quad core atom, 2gb ram) and that thing is fast. Even with traditional windows apps. There is no comparison to android.

RE: unbearable
By karimtemple on 9/3/2014 9:22:25 AM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 is surprisingly performant in low-memory setups. Definitely enough for a $100 computer. Based on your response, I assume you've never used it.

RE: unbearable
By Wolfpup on 9/3/2014 9:40:26 AM , Rating: 4
I wouldn't want my main system running only 2GB, but it does okay for lighter use (certainly more than what you can use other tablets for).

I've seen a 1GB Toshiba tablet in store, and obviously it's using every bit of that, but it actually seemed...well, a lot faster than my iPad anyway, running real IE with a bunch of flash going.

RE: unbearable
By inighthawki on 9/3/2014 11:12:18 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like someone hasn't actually used Windows in the configuration they're complaining about...

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