Toshiba has two new tablets featuring Intel Atom Bay Trail processors, Windows 8.1 software, and support for a pressure-sensitive digital pen. The Toshiba Encore 2 Write is the company’s low-cost alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
The 8 inch Toshiba Encore 2 Write has a starting price of $349, while the 10 inch version sells for $399 and supports an optional Bluetooth keyboard cover.
Both models feature 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 1280 x 800 pixel displays, an 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera and up to 11 hours of battery life. But it’s the pen that makes the tablets special.
Toshiba calls the digital pen that comes with these tablets a TruPen, and it supports more than 2000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The pen may not slide into the tablet case when it’s not in use… but you can clip it to the tablet to make the pen a bit harder to lose.
You can use Toshiba’s TruNote app to not only create notes or artwork, but also to search. Just hightlight text you’ve written and you can choose to search the web for that text. Or you can search the app for older notes… or search by shape. So if you remember creating chart or drawing but can’t remember what you called it, you can try jotting a similar shape and searching.
The pen also supports hover actions, which means you can wave it over the top of the screen to move a cursor as if you were hovering a mouse. This can make it easier to interact with desktop Windows apps on a computer with a small screen and no mouse or touchpad.
The tablets have micro HDMI, microSD, and micro USB ports and it should be available January 11th.