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Toshiba introduces Chromebook 2, Encore Mini Windows 8.1 tablet

Firm looks to challenge Macbook Air and slew of cheap Android tablets
Wed Sep 03 2014, 11:54

TOSHIBA HAS ANNOUNCED a wealth of new products at the IFA technology show in Berlin, including the Toshiba Chromebook 2 and 7in Encore Mini tablet.

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is the successor to the firm's first Chrome OS laptop, which it improves on with the option of a 13.3in Full HD 1920x1080 resolution screen instead of the standard 1366x768 resolution display. The firm said that the higher resolution model will boast nine hours of battery life, while the standard HD model will offer 11.5 hours.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 comes with a Full HD screen and Intel Celeron processor

Much like its predecessor, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 comes fitted with an Intel Celeron processor, which can be tweaked to suit the user, along with integrated Intel graphics, either 2GB or 4GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage. Google is also chucking in an additional 100GB of free Drive storage.

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 design has clearly taken tips from Apple's Macbook Air, boasting a silver finish and a lightweight 1.35kg casing.

Beyond that, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 features an HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 ports, an integrated SD slot and audio technology provided by Skullcandy.

Those who quite fancy buying a Toshiba Chromebook 2 have a bit of a wait on their hands, however, with the firm saying that it will be available in the UK in the first quarter next year. There's no word on pricing, but the original Toshiba Chromebook retailed for £249.

Alongside the Chromebook 2, Toshiba announced the Encore Mini, a 7in Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet that joins the 8in and 10.1in Encore 2 tablets. Looking to rival the slew of small Android tablets on the market, the Toshiba Encore Mini arrives powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 1GB of DDR3L memory.

Toshiba Encore Mini is a 7in Windows 8 with Bing tablet

The 7in screen offers 1024x600 resolution, which isn't likely to get too many people excited, especially considering that the Nexus 7 display weighs in at 1920x1200 resolution. The tablet features dual 2MP and 0.3 cameras, and a seven hour battery life.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is onboard, and Encore Mini tablet buyers will get free Microsoft Office 365 for a year, along with 1TB of Onedrive storage. Toshiba has yet to reveal how much internal storage the tablet has, but said that it can be expanded via microSD up to 128GB.

The Toshiba Encore Mini will arrive in the UK later this year, but no pricing has been announced yet. µ


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