Acer outs the Iconia W3, the World’s First 8 Inch Windows 8 tablet

Acer Iconia W3

So far, all the Windows 8 touchscreen devices have either All-In-One PCs, Convertibles, touchscreen laptops or 10 inch (or larger) tablets but Acer has finally broken this trend by announcing the new Iconia W3 at the Computex 2013 event in Taipei, Taiwan.

The tablet comes with an 8.1 inch display and full Windows 8 software.

The specs

The Iconia W3’s 8 inch touchscreen comes with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Colour reproduction is rather dull though. The tablet is 11.35 mm thick and weighs 540g. Its made of plastic which was expected given the price.

Under the hood breathes a 1.8Ghz dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 processor. Though Intel has newer and better processors but putting them on the tablet would’ve bloated the price considerably, as well as shortening the battery life and requiring a fan for remaining cool. The tablet will be available in either 32 or 64GB flavours.

For the connectivity, the tablet uses microHDMI port, microUSB port, Wifi and SD card slot. There’s a 2 megapixel camera at the front and back. Dual speakers are there too.

The tablet runs on full Windows 8 which will allow it to run legacy Windows 8 programs. A full version of MS Office will come pre-installed with it. Looking at the demos done on the near-final units, the OS does look smooth but the tablet might give up on harder scenarios.

There will be a keyboard accessory along with the tablet which will be brought separately. It does make the tablet look smaller though but should be better nonetheless than the virtual keyboard. The battery life of the Iconia W8 is quoted at 8 hours.

Price and availability

The tablet will be available this month at 329 and 379 euros for the 32 and 64GB versions respectively. The keyboard accessory will be available for 69 euros.

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