The Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 showed that there’s clearly a market for tablets in the smaller-than-10in arena, so much so that Apple followed suit with the 7.9in iPad mini.
Next it’s Microsoft’s turn to unleash ‘tweener goodies, and one of the first such tablets appears to be the Acer Iconia W3.
The Acer Iconia W3-810-1600, to use its full name, appeared briefly on Amazon before being yanked.
Acer Iconia W3 specs seemingly include an 8.1in display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 (same as the Nexus 7), 32GB storage, 2GB of RAM, and a 2MP rear camera.
Interestingly, the presence of a dual-core Atom processor means we’re looking at full-fat Windows 8 as opposed to watered-down Windows 8 RT.
As for Acer Iconia W3 price, it was listed at $379.99, which equates to roughly £245. Inevitably it’ll be priced closer to £300 for us in the UK, but that'd still be reasonably competitive considering the iPad mini starts at £269.
Microsoft CFO Peter Klein recently confirmed that “a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows” will be released at “competitive price points”, though the jury's still out on whether or not that'll include a smaller Microsoft Surface.
In either case, expect to learn more about Windows 8 on smaller tablets at Build, which gets underway on June 26.
via: PC World