Hardware giant Toshiba has just announced a bunch of new products powered by the Windows 8.1 operating system, including the 8-inch Encore 2 tablet that retails for $199.
If there ever was a perfect price point for a device of this sorts, this is it.
A bunch of other Windows 8.1 products are also in tow, including two new tablet-notebook hybrids and a laptop with a 360 degree display hinge. Say what you may, but this is the way to do business, launching new and improved devices, instead of talking about declining sales.
I am looking at you Acer and HP!
Anyway, the Encore 2 will come in both 8-inch and 10.1-inch varieties, with the former getting a price tag of $199 and the latter, $269.99. True, this only gets you acceptable displays — both slates offer resolutions of 1280 by 800, but it is not as much an issue on the smaller one.
Plus, both are powered by quad-core Intel Atom processors, and come with a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, which is a $69.99 value.
Both tablets go on sale in July, just in time for the Back to School shopping frenzy.
Toshiba also shared details of the Satellite Click 2 and Satellite Click 2 Pro notebook in this press release, and the Satellite Radius laptop with a 360 degree display hinge (similar to Lenovo Yoga) is detailed here. Some very neat hardware, indeed.