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Toshiba details upcoming Windows 8.1 tablet systems

05 Sep 2013
Toshiba Encore tablet with Windows 8.1

Toshiba has unveiled new devices it is readying for Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update, including an 8in Encore tablet with Office 2013 included, and two 13in Satellite hybrid tablet-laptops, available with a choice of Intel or AMD processors.

Announced at the IFA show in Berlin, Toshiba's new tablets will be available from Q4 2013, once Microsoft's updated Windows 8.1 platform is available.

Toshiba's Encore tablet (pictured above) is described as an everyday companion device with a thin, lightweight design that is ideal for users wanting to read an ebook or watch a film on the go.

The 8in device is based on an Atom processor, although Toshiba has not specified whether this means it will ship with the upcoming Bay Trail chips from Intel or one of the existing Atom family.

However, it does ship with a full version of Microsoft's Office Home & Student 2013 suite, comprising the latest versions of the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications.

According to Toshiba, the Encore features InstantGo technology, which means that the device wakes from standby mode almost instantly when needed, and even while the tablet is sleeping, connected standby maintains network connectivity and syncs automatically, so content such as email is constantly refreshed and up to date.

Other specifications include 2GB of LPDDR3 memory with up to 64GB of built-in flash storage, 2MP front and 8MP rear cameras, plus built-in GPS. The Encore will be priced from £249.

Toshiba Satellite W30t

Meanwhile, Toshiba's Satellite W30t (pictured above) and W30Dt convertibles are 13.3in touchscreen devices that can be used either as standalone tablets or ultraportable laptops when slotted into their keyboard docks.

Both models are largely similar, but the Satellite W30t is powered by Intel's Haswell 4th generation Core processors, while the W30Dt features AMD's ultra-low power consumption A4 APU chips with built-in Radeon HD 8180 graphics.

Other specifications include 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive capacity. The Satellite W30t with AMD APU is set to be priced from £599, while the Satellite W30t with Intel Core will be priced from £699.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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