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LAS VEGAS -- It's starting to look like you're going to have many more options for tablets with pens in 2015.
At CES 2015, Toshiba alone has announced the new Encore 2 Write tablets available in 8- and 10-inch models in addition to the 12.5-inch Portege Z20t 2-in1.
The tablets come with Toshiba's new TruPen, which uses Wacom Feel technology, giving you 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. In our brief hands-on time with it, the pen performed accurately with no noticeable lag, though again, our time with it was brief. Oh, and a hole for the pen's clip is on the bottom of the tablet so you can keep it handy when not in use.
Both tablets have a 1,280x800-pixel resolution IPS touchscreen, are powered by Intel Atom processors backed by 2GB of RAM, and have 64GB of storage. There's also a microSD card slot supporting cards up to 128GB. You'll also find a Micro-USB port and a Micro-HDMI output.
There's an 8-megapixel camera on back and an HD webcam on front. Toshiba is rating the battery life at up to 11 hours for normal use and 8 hours of video playback.
The tablets are running on Windows 8.1 and include an Office 365 Personal subscription for one year. Also included are three exclusive productivity apps: TruNote, TruCapture and TruRecorder.
As you may have deduced from the name, TruNote helps you take advantage of the pen, giving you a powerful tool for everything from note-taking to drawing and painting to working with graphics and images. TruCapture lets you use the rear camera to take pictures of chalkboards or whiteboards and convert them into documents you can mark up. (There's even a keystone correction option so if you shoot a board from an off angle, you can straighten it.) Similarly, you can shoot a newspaper article or a textbook and convert those into documents.
TruRecorder is basically a pumped-up voice recorder designed for capturing meetings and lectures that allows you to easily work with your audio clips. For example, you can assign audio snippets to different people, giving you a visual layout of who said what in a meeting.
The 8- and 10-inch Encore 2 Write tablets will be available at select retailers including Microsoft Stores and direct from Toshiba on January 11. The 8-inch will sell for $350 while the 10-inch is $500. Pricing and availability for the UK and Australia were not available, but the prices covert to £230 and AU$430 for the 8-inch and £260 and AU$500 for the 10.