Toshiba announces Chromebook 2, Encore Mini tablet

Toshiba has announced an updated version of its Chromebook as well as a 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet.

Chromebook 2

Toshiba Chromebook 2

Toshiba has announced its second generation of Chromebooks. Featuring an “all-new sleek design” that houses a 13-inch dsipaly in a 12-inch chassis, Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 delivers a Chromebook experience that’s “tuned for entertainment, while providing versatile performance and fantastic battery life for productivity seekers.”

Toshiba will offer two versions of the Chromebook 2 — an entry model with a standard 1366×768 HD display and a premium model featuring a Full HD 1920×1080 display with IPS ttechnology Both models feature a sound system tuned by Skullcandy that delivers audio with “attacking bass, natural vocals and precision highs,” setting a “new bar for Chromebooks.”

Phillip Osako, Toshiba America Information Systems Digital Products Division senior director of product marketing:

“Our hardware design is evolving alongside Chrome OS. The Toshiba Chromebook 2 has the right mix of features and performance to make it a standout device in the category. We designed our new Chromebooks for both the consumer and education markets, focusing on key experience-driving features that cross boundaries — a great screen, awesome audio and a stylish, thin and light design for greater portability.”

IPS technology delivers enhanced color reproduction and accuracy, plus wider, more accurate viewing capabilities.

Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 features an all-new chassis with sleek curves and a slim profile. Topped with a silver textured resin lid on the outside and “comfortable Chrome keyboard and spacious trackpad” on the inside, the device also features a fanless design for quiet operation. Toshiba will also offer color cases in gray, blue and red as an add-on.

The first Chromebook to deliver a branded audio experience of any kind, Toshiba’s device features “strategically placed” front-facing stereo speakers that have been tuned to bring “quality and attitude” by Skullcandy. On-board dual array microphones are also included to enable rich video chats.

Sam Paschel, Skullcandy CCO:

“Skullcandy has a history of pioneering in audio by combining art, color and graphics and trend with high quality audio technology to make accessories that balance lifestyle and performance. Working with Toshiba enables us to bring an enhanced audio experience to Chromebooks that lives up to the high standards we set for our headphones.”

Powered by the latest generation Intel Celeron processor, equipped with 802.11ac wireless connectivity and available with 2/4GB of RAM, Toshiba Chromebook 2’s 11.5 hours of battery life on the HD model (up to 9 hours on the Full HD model) enables users to enjoy “greater unplugged freedom, smooth performance and fast web browsing.”

Equipped with ports like an HD webcam, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, SD card slot and a Kensington lock, Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 gives “consumers and students the flexibility they need.”

Pricing for Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 devices are as follows, beginning October 5th in the U.S:


  • Entry: $249.99
  • Premium: $329.99


Encore Mini

Toshiba Encore Mini

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has announced the retail availability of its Encore Mini, a “value-driven” 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet developed through “close collaboration” between Toshiba and Microsoft. The tablet delivers a full Windows 8.1 experience plus an one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and one terabyte of storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service, offering consumers the “convenience of having Windows in their pockets for work and play.”


“With Encore Mini, we worked hand-in-hand with Microsoft to deliver a high-quality small-screen Windows 8.1 tablet at an entry-class price point. Our product portfolio of Windows tablets continues to grow, enabling us to deliver more screen size choice to consumers at a lower price point, while still maintaining a consistently high level of quality and features for a greater value.”

Featuring a white textured back panel, Encore Mini is designed for “easy one-handed use.” Weighing 12.5 ounces with a slim 10.9mm profile, the device is “highly portable and small enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse.”

From Encore Mini’s 7-inch 1024×600 display, consumers will be able to take advantage of a “broad range of capabilities” enabled by Windows 8.1. This device also offers an “optimized view” of the Windows 8.1 start screen, desktop and Office 365 apps.

Powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor, Encore Mini offers “snappy performance” for quick browsing and content streaming, while maintaining “plenty” of battery life. InstantGo technology ensures everything is up-to-date even while the system is in standby mode. The Encore Mini features “fast and reliable” WiFi performance with 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, making browsing, streaming, downloading and connecting additional devices “a breeze.”

Encore Mini features a front-facing webcam and microphone as well as a 2MP rear-facing camera for taking pictures and video. Additionally, the tablet comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage, a Micro USB port and a microSD card slot capable of supporting cards up to 128GB in size, ensuring that users have “plenty of room” to store all the digital files, apps, games, videos and pics they love.

The Encore Mini is now available for purchase for $119.99.

Source: Toshiba



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