For under $200, Toshiba has put together a compelling package in under a pound of weight and it didn’t have to resort to using a smartphone chip paired with Windows RT software to do so. Surely helping here is Microsoft’s recent decision to eliminate the Windows licensing fees for small tablets. Consumers, however, don’t care about the deals between Microsoft and its hardware partners. They want a good value and they’re likely to see it with the Encore 2, which will also be available in a $269 10-inch model when the tablets go on sale in July.
Both slates offer 1280 x 800 resolution screens, up to 64 GB of internal storage with optional expansion through a microSD card slot, and a micro USB port for accessories. Each has stereo speakers and a micro HDMI port for external display support, as well as dual cameras for video chatting and snapping pictures. You’ll also get the full Microsoft Office suite through an included one-year Office365 Personal subscription.