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Like LG, Toshiba hasn't yet made a serious dent in the tablet market, but it's going to try its luck again with the Encore. This time out, the company is choosing Windows 8.1 -- instead of Android like for its Excite line of tablets -- and the Encore will use Intel's forthcoming Bay Trail-T Atom processor. The Encore is also noteworthy for its 8-inch size, which is smaller than typical Windows 8 slates but is part of the "mini" tablet trend. Resolution, unfortunately, is limited to 1,280x800, though the Encore does come with a decent 32GB of built-in storage. Priced similary to the iPad Mini at $329.99, the Encore will have the advantage of coming with a full version of Microsoft Office when it's released in November.
Lenovo IdeaTab S5000
One more 7-inch Android tablet rounds out our IFA round-up. Lenovo hopes thin is in with its IdeaTab S5000, which tips the scale at just 0.54 pounds (a tenth of a pound lighter than the Nexus 7). Other specs aren't as impressive, ranging from a quad-core MediaTek 8389 processor to 1,280x800 resolution to 16GB of storage. At its announced price of 199 euros (roughly $262) for the base Wi-Fi-only model (due in the fourth quarter), the IdeaTab S5000 isn't the cheapest 7-inch Android tablet around (it's pricier than the new 16GB Nexus 7 with its far superior specs), but keeping skinny always requires some sacrifices.