Early this month there was already a rumor that Acer was working on an 8.1 inch Windows 8 tablet. This was further strengthened when the device briefly appeared over at Amazon but was immediately taken down. It then resurfaced a few days later after Denis Kutnikov, general director of Acer’s Russian office, said that it will be introduced this coming June 4.
The Acer Iconia W3 is now listed in the company’s Finnish site making it official. The tablet sports an 8.1 inch WXGA display, an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB internal storage depending on the model. There’s also a 2 MP webcam included. The device will be pre-installed with Windows 8 Professional and it’s also likely that Windows Word will also be available right out of the box.
Acer describes the device as “The Iconia W3 with Windows 8 is a true multi-user tablet with easy access to personal apps and settings via live tiles, plus access to the Windows Store for even more. It syncs across all your Windows 8 devices, so what you need is always there. Plus, Windows 8 provides you with built-in security and parental controls.”
The device is said to have enough battery life to last up to 8 hours while watching 720p movies. This makes it a great entertainment device for travelers.
In the website the device is shown with a keyboard dock. We’re not sure if this will be included in the package or if it will be sold separately as an accessory. Having a keyboard accessory will definitely make it easier for people to work on their productivity software.
There’s still no exact date as to when this device will be released or how much it is going to cost. It will be featured in the Computex event next month where it’s likely that more information will become available.
While this device does not have the premium features of the Microsoft Surface Pro it will make a great introductory device for those looking for a Windows 8 tablet.
Acer Iconia W3 Technical Specifications
- Windows 8 Pro
- Intel Atom Z2760
- 8″ WXGA Multi-Touch LCD
- 2 GB Memory
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3650
- 802.11 b/g/n & BT
- 2M FHD STD
- Micro HDMI
- Micro-USB 2.0 port
- 8 hours