Specs summary

Screen
8"

The Toshiba Encore's screen is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z3770 Quad core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
20WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 20 WHr battery. Toshiba's performance ratings are 7 days standby time, 7 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The first compact Windows 8 tablet we'd seriously consider buying, packing in usable performance and a generous software bundle for a very tempting price.

- Bobby MacPherson , PC Pro 

Reviews summary

6.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 9 reviews

What's good  

  • Windows 8.1 OS allows full access to typical PC software
  • Decently sharp screen for web browsing and video streaming
  • Good battery life

What's bad  

  • Poor touch responsiveness
  • Desktop mode apps difficult to use with touchscreen
  • Clunky and difficult to hold
  • Sluggish desktop mode performance

Following in Dell and Lenova's footsteps, Toshiba released their own Windows 8.1 tablet dubbed the Encore. At 8 inches, the Encore was a bit too bulky for many reviewers to hold comfortably one-handed. Trusted Reviews goes so far as to call it "a cumbersome tablet."

Unfortunately the display doesn't make up for the general bulkiness of the device. With a resolution of 1,280x800 the tablet is only made up of 190ppi, well below the retina standard of 326ppi. Despite the lower pixel density, critics were pleased with the sharpness of image quality and viewing angles, finding it suitable for reading web pages and video streaming in tablet mode.

The biggest weakness of the screen, according to reviewers, is its responsiveness. They found simple tasks like selecting an app or locking the screen would often not register despite several tries.

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The Encore's one standout feature is its use of the full Windows 8.1 Pro software. Unlike Windows RT based tablets, this one has access to all standard desktop PC software so you won't be limited to the small number of apps in the Windows 8 store. Unfortunately, critics discovered that most of the apps are unusable in desktop mode as the screen is too small to properly press the appropriate buttons or drop down menus.

The Encore can connect to a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, but Whistle Out noticed a significant amount of lag when using the peripherals saying, "Though it gets the job done, it is far more frustrating than we think it ought to be."

Much of the lag issues are due to the tablets mediocre 1.33GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. While reviewers found the tablet experience smooth, the desktop experience was much jumpier with numerous slowdowns and hangs even when loading web pages. Critics do not suggest playing more recent 3D games on the device as the frame rate was fairly poor.

Aside from the processor and RAM, the tablet offers up to 64GB of internal storage, an expandable microSD slot and a micro HDMI port. According to Toshiba, the battery should last 7 hours of heavy usage, though Laptop Mag's battery test clocked it at over 8 hours.

The Toshiba Encore garnered mixed feelings from reviewers. Wired says "Encore's sluggish performance often makes it frustrating to use…" while V3 states it's "an interesting device…and it could be a compelling companion device for a laptop or desktop."


Reviews (6.3/10 Avg. rating)


PC Pro

Usable performance and a generous software bundle for a very tempting price

from PC Pro
Stylus or no, however, the Toshiba Encore is still significantly cheaper than both its main rivals, it (mostly) matches both for performance, and packs in all the connectivity you need to turn it into a lightweight mobile workhorse. With a full copy of Office 2013 Home & Student onboard as well, it's a bona fide bargain... Full review
PCWorld

Good cameras and HDMI-out in a chunky chassis

from PCWorld
Toshiba's Encore 8 packs some nice extras compared to rival 8-inch Windows tablets, but it's thicker and heavier than the competition... Full review
TechRadar

What could have been a nice handheld 8-inch tablet is also held back by a bulky design that makes it look and feel cheap

from TechRadar

It's with somewhat of a heavy heart that we have to report that our search for a Windows 8 tablet saviour continues, with the Toshiba Encore falling short of a number of expectations. While the fact that it can run full Windows programs is at first a nice feature, it's not much use if the underlying tech cannot handle more complicated tasks, and our time with the Toshiba Encore – especially in desktop mode – was plagued with system hangs and freezes. What could have been a nice handheld eight-inch tablet is also held back by a bulky design that makes it look and feel cheap. Stil... Full review

TabletPCReview

Considered by those who are looking for something that can run the full version of Windows in a small formfactor

from TabletPCReview
I came in with really low expectations on the Toshiba Encore 8, but after using it, it's actually quite the contender for the small tablet space thanks to it's decent overall performance and battery life.If you are looking for something that can run the full version of Windows in a small tablet form without having to pay the premium price of the Surface Pro 2, this is something that can definitely be considered. Otherwise, there really is no reason you shouldn't go for an Apple iPad mini or even a more cost-effective solution such as the Google Nexus 7. .. Full review
TechSpot

Surprisingly great camera for a tablet

from TechSpot

Toshiba’s first foray into the world of 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets isn’t the fantastic product the company was hoping for. The drab, chubby design is particularly uninspired, failing to make an impression up against slimmer and more portable competition. The inclusion of an HFFS display is interesting, although its overall quality falls behind IPS-type panels, not to mention the disappointing resolution.

It’s not all bad news for the Encore, though. Like all previous Bay Trail-powered devices, I was once again pleased with the performance from Intel’s low-pow... Full review

Tech Advisor

Attractive Windows 8 tablet on the face of it, but closer inspection suggests otherwise

from Tech Advisor
Just £250 for a portable PC that can run Windows may seem like an attractive idea, but our experience did not back up that proposition. Toshiba has used a cheap and slow processor to hit both price point and thermal design constraints, making a tablet that lurches rather than zips under your control. Battery life is usable if unremarkable. The familiar Windows interface is clearly not designed to work on this size screen through touch control, leaving you with just a moribund Metro interface... Full review
Expert Reviews

Surprisingly compact and frugal when it comes to power consumption

from Expert Reviews
The Encore is a compact means of enjoying Windows 8.1, and it’s also relatively cheap, but unlike some Windows tablets that are 10in or larger, we can’t see the Encore replacing your laptop. As it has no full-size USB ports you’ll struggle to connect your existing peripherals, and if you just want a tablet for web browsing you may be better off with an Android tablet such as the LG G Pad 8.3 instead... Full review
Notebookcheck

A solid overall package and is certainly one of the most attractive Windows 8 tablets on the market today

from Notebookcheck

Toshiba's Encore WT8-A-102 Windows 8 tablet is an all-around success. Its manufacturing quality is good, it offers a respectable range of connectivity options, and the included Microsoft Office Home & Students package gives it a great price-performance ratio.

The tablet gains even more positive points for its combination of a frugal Intel Bay Trail CPU, IPS display with good viewing angle stability, and good mobility. In short, the overall package is very attractive. Not to forget, the device's unlimited compatibility with the Windows world should be very interesting for many... Full review

The Inquirer

A compact, relatively low-cost device

from The Inquirer

The Toshiba Encore is an interesting device that somehow crams a fully working Windows PC into an 8in tablet capable of being held comfortably in one hand.

The inclusion of Microsoft Office 2013 in a device at this price point makes the Encore look like a good value, especially compared with the iPad Mini, which costs about the same for its entry-level 16GB model.

However, the Encore is also going up against devices such as Google's updated Nexus 7, and both it and the iPad Mini are slimmer and lighter than the Encore. The iPad also tends to sell because of its ease of... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Australia
Networks
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 8.1

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z3770 Quad core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB or 64 GB Flash
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Yes
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 20 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 7 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 7 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.1 cm
(8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 445 grams
(15.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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