Toshiba is announcing a couple of new Chromebooks and a new 7-inch Windows tablet for the fall gadget-selling season.
The products include the Toshiba Chromebook 2, a second-generation laptop that runs the Google Chrome operating system. Its main purpose is to access web pages on the Internet, and pricing starts at $250. The company is one of many gadget makers showing a diverse product line at the IFA trade show in Berlin this week.
The new Chromebooks let you work offline, so you can work on documents or watch a movie on a plane while not connected to the Internet.
“We’re going with the entertainment-optimized approach with this laptop,” Carrie Cowan, product marketing manager at Toshiba, told VentureBeat in an interview.
The device has a 13.3-inch full high-definition (1,920 x 1,080) in-plane switching (IPS) display in a 12-inch chassis. It uses the latest Intel Bay Trail processor, and it has two gigabytes of random access memory. The system has Skullcandy audio with high-quality bass and a wide range of audio. The speakers are actually embedded underneath the laptop’s keyboard. That helps the system fit in a smaller footprint. The Chromebook 2 has no fan and runs quietly. It has no vents.
It comes in color cases of Charcoal, Aqua, and Rose. And it has on-board dual array microphones to enable rich video chats with high-quality audio. The previous Haswell-based Chromebook had nine hours of battery life. The new system with Bay Trail can last for 11.5 hours.
The Toshiba Encore Mini, meanwhile, is a 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet that will sell for $120. Toshiba is targeting the value market with the system, which will come with a one-year subscription to Microsoft’s cloud version of Office, Office 365 Personal. It will also come with a terabyte of OneDrive storage.
“We like to call this our Pocket Windows device because it delivers a full Windows experience,” Cowan said. “One of its greatest features is its aggressive price.”
The device weighs 12.5 inches and is 0.43 inches thick. It is small enough to fit into a purse, backpack, or briefcase.
It has a 1,024 x 600 multitouch display. The tablet uses a quad-core Intel Atom processor, which enables snappy web browsing and smoother video streaming. It has 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and Bluetooth 4.0. The Encore Mini has a front webcam, a microphone, and a 2-megapixel back camera. It comes with 16 gigabytes of internal storage, a micro-USB, and a microSD card slot. It can support 128GB SDXC cards. It gets about seven hours of battery life on the MobileMark 12 benchmark.