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Whether it's a low-cost Windows 8.1 tablet or a newly minted Chromebook model you're after, today's your lucky today. That's because Toshiba announced the retail availability of its Encore Mini, an affordable 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet priced at a scant $120 MSRP, along with its second generation Chromebook model simply dubbed Chromebook 2 (pricing ranges from $250 to $330 MSRP).
The Encore Mini sports a slim 0.43-inch profile and weighs just 12.5 ounces, making it small, light, and slender enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase, or purse.
With regards to the specs, the 7-inch slate features a 1024x600 resolution driven by an Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor (2MB cache, up to 1.83GHz). It also has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 2MP rear-facing camera, micro USB 2.0 port (cable included), microSD card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8.1 with Bing. Toshiba also tosses in a year of Office 365 Personal (must activate within a limited time).
These aren't killer specs by any means, but for the price, it's a capable piece of hardware, provided you're interested in a Windows 8.1 tablet to begin with. If so, you can order the Encore Mini today direct from Toshiba.
Moving along to the Chromebook 2, Toshiba's second generation Chrome OS laptop comes in two different sizes -- 12 inches and 13 inches. The 12-inch version is considered an entry-level model with a standard HD display, while the 13-inch version brings a Full HD 1080p panel with IPS technology to the Chromebook scene.
Both models come with an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, HD webcam, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, SD card slot, HDMI output, and a security lock. Look for these to be available starting October 5.