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Acer's 8.1 inch Windows 8 tablet now official

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Acer's 8.1 inch Windows 8 tablet now official
Earlier this month, we told you that Acer was working on an 8.1 inch tablet which would be the smallest screened tablet to run on Windows 8. The slate appeared on Amazon and then quickly disappeared, only to resurface a few days later when Denis Kutnikov, general director of Acer's Russian office, said that the tablet would be introduced on June 4th.

The Acer W3 is an 8.1 inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

The Acer W3 is an 8.1 inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

But the tablet has now appeared on Acer's own web site as the Acer W3. The tablet features an 8.1 inch WXGA (1280 x 768) screen and an Intel Atom Z2760 processor under the hood. 2GB of RAM is on board and there is either 32GB (W3-810-27602G03nsw)  or 64GB (W3-810-27602G06nswor) of native storage inside depending on the model selected. A 2MP webcam is included and Windows 8 Pro is pre-installed.

Pricing is unknown at this point and it is expected that we will see this model get introduced next month at Computex. As is the case with any tablet with a screen around 8 inches, the thought comes to mind that it is being produced as a challenger to the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini.

source: Acer via SlashGear

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posted on 18 May 2013, 18:30 15

1. aco96 (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I like Win8. It's an awesome os in my opinion. :)

posted on 18 May 2013, 23:52 8

11. AnTuTu (Posts: 961; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Best desktop, laptop and tablet OS ever. Microsoft FTW and best of luck Accer :)

posted on 18 May 2013, 18:31 2

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


What the hell is THAT?

posted on 19 May 2013, 01:48 3

12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


It is a 8.1inch Windows 8.1 Tablet by Acer

posted on 18 May 2013, 19:05 5

3. darkskoliro (Posts: 996; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Loving the bezel size :) might consider one

posted on 18 May 2013, 20:25 7

4. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


GooD that they killed rt. Rt is useless win8 is good for laptops and tablets.

posted on 18 May 2013, 20:35 1

5. sprockkets (Posts: 1349; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Translation: Win8 is useless without desktop legacy support and the new interface sucks.

posted on 19 May 2013, 08:02 1

16. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 911; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


The new interface sucks on a mouse + keyboard but on touch it is surprisingly intuitive, i was impressed when i tried out a touchscreen laptop with Windows 8.

posted on 19 May 2013, 10:17

17. sprockkets (Posts: 1349; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Then what's the problem with WinRT then???

posted on 18 May 2013, 20:49 5

6. mydi.maus (unregistered)


i like the look of this one

posted on 18 May 2013, 20:50 4

7. mydi.maus (unregistered)


i like the look of this one make keyboard small..

posted on 18 May 2013, 21:04 1

8. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


o.O ....

posted on 18 May 2013, 21:09 2

9. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Windows 8?

No thank you....

A dual boot (Android/Windows) would be awesome though

posted on 18 May 2013, 21:37 6

10. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I hope Nokia makes sth like this with its sexy N9 design cue.

posted on 19 May 2013, 03:00 3

13. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Awesome. Windows 8 means business. Now people who owns tablets will understand how obsolete their tablets are(toy actually). Ipad will always have a market share but i don't see a future of Android tablets

posted on 19 May 2013, 06:17 1

15. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Sure, because many Atom-based windows 8 tablets are out for quite a while now, an(the fact that you didnt even knew about it proves how popular they are)and people are still buying IOS and Android tablets instead?
Makes sense.
W8 may be great for desktop, but for tablets it terribly lacks in touch based apps.

posted on 19 May 2013, 03:36 1

14. ianbbaa (Posts: 222; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Lack of 3G connectiívity will kill the device again as every other WIN8 tablet out there...
W510 - W710 series - no 3G option
Lenovo - i can not understand why even such a device as YOGA is offered without 3G option...
MS Surface - no 3G as well....even when you choose some of the ones with 3G - price is ridiculous high.
If this W3 will have 3G, then this product is interesting...

posted on 19 May 2013, 12:36

18. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


I think u r right. These new Win8 tablets and hybrids under 13.3'' should come with 3g connectivity. They will sell well too because with Intel's Haswell processors they should be able to provide a good battery backup.

posted on 19 May 2013, 13:21

19. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Well this is full Windows OS not RT, so most of the USB data cards will be compatible with it, and you can use them to connect to internet...... I don't think lack of 3G will be hindrance to it's sale........

posted on 19 May 2013, 13:48

20. ianbbaa (Posts: 222; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Yes, but i personally do not like any of those 3G dongles at all....for the price of WIN8 devices, i can get Samsung Note 10,8 or any other chinese Tab 10,8,7 with integrated 3G module, i want as well for WIN8 tablet...i thing that use of 3G dongles for devices at this pricepoint is silly.
I had the possibility to upgrade my notebook with internal 3g, everything was ready in there - but newer latops these days, you can hardly find any of them prepared for internal 3G modem. Only those high end thinkpads...i am searching right now to replace my notebook which is still good enough, but all devices just lack of 3G upgrade..as i mentioned before, even such expensive things like YOGA, SONY, W510 W700 w/o 3G only...i dont feel comfortable to pay 850eur for Thinkpad tablet with 3G and just Atom CPU....in this case Samm NOTE 10,1 for half the price is much better deal...

posted on 19 May 2013, 16:49

21. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


You cant do anything productive at all with your Note10 or even with any Android based tablets currently available. I am not telling higher priced powerful laptops (Starting at 550$+) should come with 3G connectivity, im talking about next gen Haswell ULX or Atom based tablets or hybrids to come with 3G connectivity. Because they are up against cheap tablets, all of which comes with a 3G version. And they should be portable hence come with 3G module so that no one has to carry a usb dongle to get connected.

posted on 19 May 2013, 20:29

22. kissily (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)


Looks cool.

posted on 20 May 2013, 08:48

23. sonisoe (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 May 2009)


oems need to forget about atom....in this day & age i still cant believe technology such as atom still exists and worse used....

posted on 20 May 2013, 13:58

24. ianbbaa (Posts: 222; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


I am running 3years N550 ATOM - 2 cores with HT....it is really snappy enough....when you know how to clean install WIN and disable all necessary services, bloat + upgraded to SSD...it really flies for proper usage...fast switching between apps, SSD loads a lot quick every single application...with 8cell battery i run out of juice in 6hours (with inserted 3g module)
..But i agree those single cores ATOMs and variety of ULV single core CPUs are just poor in performance...intel should apply HT in every single CPU they are going to release...
For example, the same task in Excel 2010 (multithreaded) - desktop PC run on E-2160 series dualcore CPU w/o HT 4GB RAM vs ATOM N550-dualC+HT, 2GB RAM - ATOM do the calculation a bit quicker then the E2160 - the same file, same thousands of lines, same function applied - ATOM wins.

So i thing for the future when every app developer will going to support multicore CPUs, will cores matter no just raw Mhz power.

I had the chance to play with some newer CPUs and i d say, they were not as quick as my ATOM - understand my needs - NO GAMES, just opened a lot of tabs in browser, email client, some office documents, some IM applications running....so id say, cores do matter a lot these days.

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:10

25. Matt89 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


Cool design for acer like this

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