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A $120 Windows 8 Tablet? Yes Please!

Toshiba has released a $120 Windows 8 tablet (version 8.1) for only $120. It comes with the Intel® Atom® Processor Z3735G (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz), 1 GB of RAM, a front and rear facing camera, a microphone, a microphone jack, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

Toshiba's Encore mini WT7-C8 Windows 8 tablet.
The Toshiba Encore mini WT7-C8 tablet.
Image obtained with thanks from Toshiba.

Don’t Be Fooled By Megapixels

The front camera is 0.3 MP, and the rear is 2.0 MP. Megapixels (MP) are not a measure of overall quality, but resolution. A camera with a greater MP rating can take larger photos, which can result in greater detail, but bear in mind that there are 16 MP cameras of mediocre quality, and 12 MP cameras of outstanding quality.

So megapixels account for a fraction of what determines picture quality.

As is usually the case with tablets, the battery is irreplaceable, and you can get 7.3 hours of runtime out of it.

This Windows 8 Tablet Frees You From The Drawbacks Of Cloud Services

This device’s specifications are basic, however, the Windows 8 tablet offers a micro-SD card slot which enables you to expand its 16 GB storage capacity up to 128 GB. I know that you would expect micro-SD card slots to be common in mobile technology, but unfortunately, tablets often lack them, unlike phones.

This enables you to totally curb your reliance on cloud storage when using this device. You could have access to all your files even in areas without Internet access because you would have enough space to store everything.

For example: You could use a $40 64 GB SDXC card, and that is nothing compared to the cost of your Internet bandwidth or cloud service fees.

You might even enjoy better performance on average (if you have an enormous collection of videos and music) because you won’t have to wait for your songs and videos to download from cloud services whenever you want to watch them. My phone has an SD card slot, and i’ve always been comfortable without a cloud service.

You also won’t have to worry about your data getting stolen from clouds when they are hacked into. However, the Windows 8 tablet will allow you to copy your files to OneDrive if you wish.

Other Details:

  • The display is 7 inches and has a resolution of 1024×600, which is not full HD.
  • It comes with a 1-year Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription.
  • No HDMI connector.
  • No broadband, just 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
  • Like the others, this Windows 8 tablet has a desktop PC interface which allows you to switch to a tiled tablet interface.

Source: Mashable and Toshiba.

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