Toshiba plans to start selling Windows tablets with prices as low as $199 and screen sizes as small as 8 inches in July. But the company might have plans to go even lower in the future.

At the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week, Toshiba is showing off a 7 inch Windows tablet that could sell for less than $150 if and when it hits the streets.

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Toshiba’s new tablet has a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display with limited viewing angles (it appears to be a TN screen). It’s powered by a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735 quad-core processor and features 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage.

Since Emdoor plans to sell an 8 inch tablet with a higher-resolution display but similar CPU, storage, and memory for around $100, it seems like Toshiba’s 7 inch tablet could easily sell for around $100 to $150.

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Other features of the Toshiba Encore 7 prototype include micro HDMI and micro USB ports, a microSD card slot, and Windows 8.1 software. There’s a front-facing webcam, a headset jack, and a single speaker.

via nDevil, Mobile Geeks, and Tech2.hu

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18 replies on “Toshiba introduces a 7 inch Windows 8.1 tablet”

        1. You know what I meant haha.

          A 6 inch full windows device would be a disaster haha. Battery would be too small.

  1. Whatever happened to minimum resolution and RAM requirements for windows 8!

    1. Since 8.1 update was introduced they reduced the resolution requirements and since 8.1’s update 1 they halved both the RAM and Storage minimum requirements to just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of Storage… Mind, one of the changes is the option to keep most of the installation in a WIM file for a WIMBoot option that keeps the install size under 3GB and it also doubles as the recovery partition…

      The resolution requirement was mainly only for ModernUI/Metro environement anyway, and for it’s version of snap, which is the main thing you lose now at that low resolution… So no side by side app views for this device… While the desktop never really had a minimum requirement and you could go even lower…

      1. The limitation is mainly just the store and the snap view… but there are two ways around it…

        One, you can use virtual resolution to set display to 1024×768 and it’ll either show as an extended display that scrolls past the visible screen view, like zooming in, or it squeezes the view to fit the screen for a bit of a squished look…

        While the alternative is just using special drivers that support downscaling and just set the registry to default to it…

        In either case it means there’s no reason they couldn’t get it to work… People have been doing this to get W8 to work on old netbooks limited to 1024×600 screens and it works…

        1. I’m aware of that for older devices. I’m just assuming MS has some pull (ie. part of the OEM discounts) in minimum specs for devices moving forward such as these ones in development. I guess I’m wrong if the resolution of this device really is that low.

          1. I wouldn’t worry, Toshiba is hardly the standard by which others will design their products… The 8-inch Emdoor EM-i8080 for example, has a higher resolution screen but is still expected to be priced about $100 and they’re coming out with a 7″ too that should be even cheaper…

  2. Interesting stuff, but I’m feeling that 8 is the new 7 for moving beyond mere consumption and into day to day usability.
    Just my personal experience, mind you.

    1. I say bring them. I don’t mind the Windows 8 tablet market being saturated. The more devices fighting for my money, the better.

      1. There is already another windows tablet Brad wrote about that is expected to go for about $100. I don’t see why this one should be very different with the very modest specs.
        Something may smell but it isn’t Brad’s B.S.

        1. Well, this one is a Toshiba whereas the other is an Emdoor, that until yesterday I would have thought sells doors…

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