Acer Launches World’s Smallest Windows 8 Tablet, The Iconia W3
Acer has officially announced the Iconia W3 today at Computex 2013, packaging Windows 8 inside an 8-inch tablet for the first time.
At 0.45 inches thick and 8.1 inches on the screen, the tablet specs announced today all agree with the leaked specs we’d already heard, and make it the smallest Windows 8-packing slate seen so far.
The Acer Iconia W3 is powered by an Intel Atom ‘Clover Trail’ Z2760 processor at 1.8 GHz, it has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display and either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage plus microSD card expansion. You also get front and rear facing two-megapixel cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, micro-HDMI and an optional full-sized keyboard dock that contains a keyboard similar to that of Acer’s 13-inch notebooks.
The Iconia W3 will be capable of eight hours of battery life, according to Acer, and the unit will weigh around 540 grams with 11.35 mm of thickness. The tablet runs Windows 8 Pro out of the box, and will also come with Office 2013 Home & Student bundled at no extra cost.
This device will be offered in two storage size options, either 32GB or 64GB (internal), with a microSD card slot included with both that’ll allow 32GB more with your own microSD card.
When it first appeared on the web it was priced at around $380 (Rs. 21,500/-) without the keyboard dock, so we can expect a price approaching $480 (26,500/-) for the set. So far, Acer hasn’t set a launch date for the Iconia W3, but this tablet’s appearance can be taken as a sign that Windows 8 may soon be rolling out to more small-format hybrid tablets, making a new set of rivals for the iPad, iPad Mini and Android tablets.