Toshiba nowadays is not a huge attention grabber. Why are they not? Particularly because, although they release decent hardware and some intriguing devices nobody buys them mostly due to the sometimes unreasonable price and unimpressive package they give. Now though, instead of going for a shock and awe treatment. Toshiba decides to try a different approach this time. They released two new Windows tablets and an Android tablet. They also decides to take a stab into the convertible laptop market with a few more devices. Sounds ordinary? Maybe, except that they are priced at a low price point this time. Lets talk about the tablets first. Toshiba released two new Windows tablets replacing the previous Encore line and a new Excite Go line. The tablets will run on a full Windows 8.1 and will be called Encore 2 (naturally).
The Encore 2 will be available in 2 sizes – 8-inches and 10-inches. Price for a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 starts from $799 (RM2557), for the Toshiba it is $200 (RM640) for the 8-inches and $270 (RM864) for the 10-inches. Both sizes comes with the same quad-core intel processors and both would have a 1280 x 800 display. Other specifications include 64GB of internal memory that can be expanded by MicroSD cards, both comes with a micro USB port, wield stereo speakers, and boast two cameras. The larger Toshiba Encore 2 would include a Micro HDMI port as well but you can manage using the Micro USB port on the smaller one.
The Toshiba Excite Go is the only product Toshiba announced with an Android fitted in. Despite the Android it still gets the same quad-core Intel processor as the Encore tablets. The 7-inches display will sport 1024 x 600 resolutions but hey, its enough for a device priced as low as $110 (RM320). With that also comes a puny 16GB internal space which can be expandable with up to a 128GB MicroSD card. You do get the latest iteration of Android KitKat 4.4 though with the Microsoft OfficeSuite Pro ($15/RM 48) comes pre-installed. A pretty good deal if you ask me.
Toshiba also released other things this round like convertible laptops. An interesting one would be the Satellite Radius. Why is it interesting? Because of its 360-degree hinge. The Toshiba Satellite Radius has five viewing positions to offer – notebook, tablet; both of which we are already familiar with, then there is presentation view where your keyboard is tucked in with your monitor being upside down, audience view where your keyboard is tucked under and serves as a support while your monitor projects out, and tabletop where your Toshiba Satellite Radius opens up and lays flat on the table. The 15-incher’s features sounds eerily similar with the Lenovo Yoga tablet though. The 15-inches IPS screen boasts a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. There will be choices to go with either an Intel i5 core or an Intel i7 core with this laptop as well. Other hardware choices include storage up to 1TB. One thing for sure is that any choices will be fitted with 8GB worth of RAM. Keyboard is LED-backlit, while the USB 3.0 can be used to charge your devices when the Toshiba Satellite Radius is on Sleep mode. It comes with a Bluetooth 4.0 support, Harman Kardon and the standard array of Wi-Fi antenna. Without any optionals the basic version of the laptop will start at about $926 (Rm2963).
Additionally Toshiba also updated its Toshiba Satellite Click line of convertible tablets with the Click 2 and the Click 2 Pro. The Toshiba Satellite Click, being the less powerful of the two; features a Intel Bay Trail -type CPU, a quad core Intel Pentium processor in other words supported by 4GB of RAM. The convertible is fitted with a measly 500GB hard drive. On the plus side this is fitted with the usual array of 802.11ac Wi-Fi antenna, an HD webcam and audio that is tinkered by CandySkull. If you’re after something more powerful then the Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro is the one for you. For the keyboard dock, you can choose between an extra battery pack or an extra storage pack. The Click Pro 2 will come with a 13-inches IPS display with 1920×1080 Full HD resolution. You can also choose between an Intel i5 Core processor with 4GB of RAM or an Intel i7 Core processor with 8GB RAM. Both comes with a 128GB Solid State Drive with 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapters. With the i7 Core choice though you get both a battery and extra storage in the keyboard dock. The Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro will sport an HDMI port and fitted with two cameras on the tablet part of the device. Harman Kardon comes into play again when it comes to the audio systems of this machine together with DTS. The Toshiba Satellite Click 2 will be priced from $587 (RM1879) while the Click 2 Pro will start from $1029 (RM3293).
Availability of the devices in the United States is expected around the month of July. With that in mind, do consider the delays when it comes to Malaysia. We are expecting the device to come around in late August to early September.