Here I was thinking that $149 Archos tablet was as cheap as Windows 8.1 slates could get. Well, Archos has just been undercut by Toshiba, whose new Encore Mini tablet serves up Win8.1 for only $119.99.
The Encore Mini's 7" 1024x600 screen won't win any pixel density contests, but the rest of its specs look pretty reasonable. There's an Intel Atom processor, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot for expansion, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0, and front and rear cameras. To top it off, buyers get a one-year Office 365 subscription with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage for free. The tablet is admittedly a little pudgy, at 0.43" thick and 12.5 oz, but come on. It costs 120 bucks.
Toshiba says it designed the Encore Mini in "close collaboration" with Microsoft. As we pointed out last week, Microsoft now offers Windows 8.1 for free to makers of sub-9" tablets. I wouldn't be surprised if Toshiba was getting Atom chips at a discount thanks to Intel's contra-revenue efforts, too.
In any event, I think this is probably the cheapest x86 device to ship with a full-fledged version of Windows—like, ever. (Thanks to Neowin for the link.)
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