Acer unveils the first small Windows 8 tablet, the 8in Iconia W3

Acer unveils the first small Windows 8 tablet, the 8in Iconia W3Here's one we missed from our coverage of the initial flurry of new gear unveiled at Computex yesterday: the Acer Iconia W3 – the first smaller sized Windows 8 tablet to hit the big time.

It's an 8.1-incher to be precise, and it'll be available this very month with prices starting at under £300.

That's still a lot if you consider what your average 7in Android tablet goes for these days, and the plasticky finish and chubby 11.35mm thickness don't help its cause either. The display is an LED-backlit affair running at 1,280 x 800, which is respectable enough though it won't exactly have the competition running scared.

Being a full-blown Windows 8 device it's an Intel processor inside, in this case a dual-core 1.8GHz Atom Z2760, while Acer gives the option of either 32GB or 64GB of storage. Bonus points for the presence of a microSD card slot.

Connectivity includes micro-USB and micro-HDMI on the wired side plus the obligatory Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi on the wireless side.

You get cameras front and back, though in both cases it's just a 2MP webcam. Where you do score over rival tablets, of course, is in the pre-installed presence of Office Home & Student 2013. Microsoft has a lot riding on this being a major selling point over the iPad and the Android army – time will tell.

Acer is introducing a full-sized keyboard accessory that is actually a fair bit wider than the Iconia W3, which looks a little odd. That'll set you back all of £58 – a pretty big premium at this end of the market – while there's also a plain case in grey (£22) and white (£24).

As for the Iconia W3 itself, the 32GB version will cost £280 and the 64GB edition £320.

Will that get the job done against significantly cheaper Android rivals? Time will tell, but we'll put good money down that the majority of reviews will point to the Iconia W3's less-than-premium looks and plasticky build quality as hard to justify given what the opposition is offering for similar sums of money.

Via Pocket-lint

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Stelph  Jun. 5, 2013 at 14:10

Hmmm WIndows 8 hybrids are getting there, I would say the price is spot on right but that the processor just isnt quite there yet, if it could have a bit more grunt then it would be a really tempting alternative to getting an iPad

The issue that MS have is that theres still a lot of bloat involved with Windows as a whole, which means that when you get the tablet first off, its already crammed with a load of bloat and you have only a fraction of storage that you paid for, that and also over time itll get more and more bloated. iOS and Android are almost a breath of fresh air in comparison.

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