Windows 8.1 is installed on the tablet, and the package includes one-year’s access to Office 365 Personal, plus a set of apps which make use of the stylus (called a TruPen) and some of the tablet’s other features. Toshiba’s note-taking app called TruNote can be used to take notes, or annotate existing files, including photos.
Sticking with the Tru theme, there’s also TruRecorder — an app for recording speeches and meetings — aimed at the business user, and TruCapture, which uses the Encore 2 Write’s camera to capture images from textbooks and presentations, then enhances them for use with TruNote.
Toshiba has fitted an 8-megapixel camera to the back of the Encore 2 Write, and there’s a basic webcam above the screen for HD video calls. An Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM provides the power, and there’s a generous 64GB of storage space, plus a MicroSD card slot to expand it further.
Other features include a Micro HDMI port, Micro USB port, and a battery which should provide around 11 hours of use before needing a recharge. We’re waiting for confirmation of the screen resolution, and will update here when we’ve seen the Encore 2 Write at CES. Toshiba will release the tablet through Microsoft’s and its own online stores on January 11, when the 8-inch model will set you back $350, and the 10.1-inch version slightly more at $400.