Acer Iconia W3 tablet available for pre-orders from Staples and Amazon
The tablet offers an 8.1 inch LCD screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, and a 186ppi pixel density. A dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor is under the hood with 2GB RAM and 32 or 64GB of native storage aboard. The included microSD slot can add more storage up to 32GB, and the the back and front-facing cameras both weigh in at 2MP. The battery is said to last 8 hours.
The 8.1 inch screen size is an interesting choice for Acer because it allows the tablet to compete with the Apple iPad mini and at the same time, offers buyers a larger screen than those 7 inch Android tablets that have been selling like hotcakes. And keep in mind that the Acer Iconia W3 is powered by Windows 8 Pro, not RT.
source: Staples, Amazon via WPCentral
1. Astro551 (Posts: 42; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
surely $429 is a bit steep for a 8.1 inch tablet. although I guess when you think about it people can't help but compare it to the fact you can get Windows 8 laptops for that price
I guess $379 puts it in competition with ipad mini in a sense, but it's Windows 8 Pro platform + lack of app base will hinder people in seeing that comparison.
Until microsoft gets in act in order and starts pushing its market/RT, people are never really gonna compare W8 tablets with the iPad imo (assuming that's what they're gearing for..)
2. tigermcm (Posts: 596; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
I def understand your opinion but the way I feel is people need to stop comparing an entertainment tab to a "business" tablet. I understand ipad supposedly has the tablet market but seriously I see more kids with ipads playing games more than anything....thats all it is
6. ianbbaa (Posts: 177; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
somehow right but i do not see this as a true "business" tablet....not yet with the current W8 installed...
..where is 3G...
...Z2760....not yet BayTrails
...W8 - our old "first runner" into tablet world that is not yet as good as we all W8,1 hope to be!
Note8, that lacks MS Office, is far more business ready then this...I mean, i believe in W8 tablets, but not yet, next year maybe....
10. tigermcm (Posts: 596; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
thats why i used the quotations, i couldnt think of a word to use fast enough, maybe productive tab....? but i understand your logic as well.
3. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
iPad mini goes for $399 unsubsidized here, so this Acer is still better since u get a full desktop OS
11. 7thspaceman (Posts: 838; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
you are correct to say a Windows 8 Tablet does not have many touch screen only Apps HOWEVER it also has a DESKTOP which has hundreds of thousands of Windows business, Educational, Entertainment and speciallty industry programs
That why windows 8 tablets will gain Tablet market share. they are PC's that are shaped like a Tablet
5. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 194; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
Windows needs quick penetration in the tab market and need to migrate new users to the OS. The best way to do that is to go the Nokia Lumia 520 way. Bring out a 7-8 inch Windows tab in the $150 to $200 range. I am sure Nokia can do that.
7. ianbbaa (Posts: 177; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
I believe soon we will get the dream device....8inch like this, promised power/battery of BayTrail, 3G connectivity, Windows 8.3 with tons of new features, ability to make calls when SIM inserted, nice slim dock on my desk just with BT keyboard, mouse and 24" hdmi screen conected to dock....
12. 7thspaceman (Posts: 838; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
this tablet is the start of the Windows 8 Mini PC Tablets but at 430 dollars for the 64gb model; is a price that wont allow many of these tablets to sell well