The Acer Iconia W3, touted as the world’s first 8-inch Windows tablet, is now available for pre-order from various online retailers. You can purchase the 32GB model of the tablet from Office Depot for $350, or for the slightly higher price of $380 from Staples. A 64 GB model, meanwhile, is available at [easyazon-link asin=”B00CM1BN5Q” locale=”us”]Amazon for $430[/easyazon-link]. It is expected that a keyboard for the tablet, which will retail for $90, will also be up soon.
The device, which was showcased in the recent Computex expo in Taiwan, features an 8.1-inch 10-point multi-touch display with support for automatic image rotation. This display has a high brightness of up to 300 nits, and sports a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It also comes with up to 178 degrees of viewing angles.
The device harnesses the power of an Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor Z2760 1.5 GHz with Intel Burst Technology that can take the clock speed up to 1.8 GHz. Likewise, it works on 2048MB of LPDDR2 RAM and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator with 64MB of dedicated memory for graphics.
It boasts of high-definition audio from built-in stereo speakers. An digital microphone adds to entertainment, as well.
In terms of connectivity, the Windows 8 slate comes with support for 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR.
Input output ports include micro USB 2.0 and micro HDMI. There is also a microSD memory card slot for expanding the storage.
It also comes with a 2MP rear-facing camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera.
Sensors on the tablet include ambient light sensor, e-compass, g-sensor, and gyroscope.
A two-cell Lithium Polymer battery provides around eight hours of usage on a single charge.
On the software side, this slate comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, making it ready for use right out of the box. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are all part of this package.
All of these features are housed in a device that tips the scale at just 1.1 lbs.
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