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By Oonagh Reidy | Monday | 14/10/2013

One of the first Windows 8.1 tablets in Australia to be unveiled this week.

Toshiba Encore Windows 8.1 tablet to be revealed in Oz this week.

The first tablet on Windows 8.1 - Toshiba's 8 inch IPS tablet (1280 X 800) runs Intel's new Atom Bay Trail processor,  2 full HD cameras (8-mp rear, 2-mp front), 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, MicroSD card, Bluetooth and a 7 hr battery life.

Encore comes with full version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 coming pre-installed,  Xbox as a pre-loaded app with free music streaming service for 90 days and free Xbox games.
  Content can be shared between screens using Xbox SmartGlass.

The 8 inch tab also pretty light - weighing in at 450g and costs $299-$329 in the US. No local pricing available yet. 

Key features:

. 20.32cm (8") AutoBrite 1280 x 800 HFFS wide view angle LCD display with 5-point multi-touch support

. 2GB LPDDR3 memory

. Intel HD graphics

. Up to 64GB eMMC

. Connected standby support (InstantGo)

. High quality stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plusi

. 2.0MP front camera (1080p video capture) and 8.0MP rear camera (1080p video capture)

. Dual microphones with beam-forming technology
. Built-in GPS

 Colour: Light gold

. Dimensions: 213 x 136 x 10.68 mm

Toshiba are not confirming a sale date locally, but we may know more this week, a rep indicated. 

The show-and-tell intro to all-new Toshiba Encore will take place this Wednesday at the company's Sydney HQ, where they will also be unveiling yet-to-be-released B2B PC's. 

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