Toshiba is updating its Encore line of Windows tablets with two new models… and the smaller tablet is one of the cheapest Windows tablets announced to date.
The 8 inch Toshiba Encore 2 will have a starting price of just $199 when it launches in early July. Toshiba’s 10 inch Encore 2 tablet will also be pretty cheap, with prices starting at $270.
Both tablets feature Intel Atom Bay Trail processors, 1280 x 800 pixel displays, up to 64GB of storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life. They also each have microSDXC cards, micro USB 2.0 ports, 5MP rear cameras, front-facing HD cameras, and micro stereo speakers.
The 10 inch model has a micro HDMI port, but the 8 inch version does not.
The tablets come with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal which basically means you can use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook on the tablet for a year and you get any upgrades that become available in that time for no extra cost. But you don’t get any extra licenses to install the software on another machine.
Toshiba’s new 10 inch Windows tablet measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs just under 1.4 pounds.
The 8 inch model is also 0.4 inches thick, but it’s a bit lighter at just 14 ounces.
It’s likely we’ll see more dirt cheap Windows tablets in the coming weeks. Microsoft and Intel have been doing their best to bring down the price of this type of product to help Windows machines compete with Android and iOS devices. But Toshiba’s the first major PC maker to announce plans for a $199 Windows 8.1 tablet which will be sold in the US.