Eight Hot New Tablets Hitting the Market

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Toshiba Encore 2

Toshiba recently announced its Encore 2 line of tablets that will be powered by Windows 8.1. The tablets will be available in 8-inch and 10-inch screen sizes, and will be preloaded with apps like Xbox, music and video, Kindle Reader, Skype, and a one-year subscription to Office 365 that includes full versions of Word, Excel, Power Point, OneNote and Outlook.

The Encore 2 tablets will feature a satin gold matte finish and rounded edges for comfortable usage. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs just 1.2 pounds, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280x800) multi-touch display – the 10-inch model is ideal for working on documents, Web browsing and movie watching, and the 8-inch model is geared toward on-the-go reading, entertainment and gaming.

Both tablets will be powered by a QuadCore Intel Atom processor and can be configured with up to 64 GB of onboard storage, as well as a microSD card slot supporting up to 128 MG. The Micro-USB2.0 port can be used for connecting to external devices, as well as charging, and each device can provide up to 10 hours of battery life.

According to Gartner, while traditional PC shipments are forecast to continue to decline in 2014, the worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow 47 percent. Tablets have without a doubt invaded every aspect of our lives. Whether it is tablets for kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District or growth in Malaysia and Latin America, tablets are rapidly superseding PCs, smartphones and other forms of electronic communications. And while Apple's iPad remains a perennial favorite, the many flavors of Android-based and now Windows 8.1 tablets have taken a big bite out of the market.

While many tablets are still oriented toward consumer use, such as reading, movies, gaming and social networking, many vendors have made a concerted effort to make their devices attractive to the business audience. With amped-up processors, multi-app capability, larger storage capacity, and integrated cloud access, the latest generation of tablets is beginning to meet the challenges and demands of today's business user.

In this slideshow, we've pulled together some of the newest tablet offerings hitting the market from companies such as Samsung, Lenovo, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Acer and even Amazon.


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