Acer Iconia W3 pre-orders start on June 4, US launch confirmed

Acer Iconia W3 pre-orders start on June 4, US launch confirmed
After appearing prematurely on the website of its maker, the Acer Iconia W3 tablet has now been given a proper unveiling at Computex. And it is just what we knew it was – a 8.1-inch slate running Windows 8 for the ultimate combination of portability and productivity. In fact, Acer is aiming to "put the desktop into a single hand" with its Iconia W3 tablet, which is a bold claim indeed. Is there any substance behind these words? 

Well, the Acer Iconia W3 weighs around 500 grams and it is 11.4mm thick, which makes it considerably bulkier than its Android competitors. However, Windows 8 based alternatives with lesser weight are yet to be announced. The 8.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, and the processor running the show is the Intel Atom Z2760 – the same chip found inside the Acer Iconia W510. There are two 2MP cameras outfitted on the device – one on the back for taking photos and videos and one in the front for video chats. Connectivity-wise, Acer has added a microHDMI output, a microSD card slot, and a microUSB connector for plugging in USB peripherals. On a full charge, the tablet's battery should last through 8 hours of active use.

As we already mentioned, the Acer Iconia W3 comes running the full version of Windows 8, with support for legacy applications and all. On top of that, the Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 software pack comes pre-loaded for editing and creating documents on the go. And speaking of productivity, Acer will be offering an optional Bluetooth dock with a full-sized QWERTY keyboard made especially for the Iconia W3. 

Pre-orders for the 32 and 64 gigabyte Acer Iconia W3 models will begin on June 4 via many retailers, including Amazon, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Walmart, and the Microsoft retail stores. Keep an eye out on their web pages for further info, such as pricing information and an estimated launch date. 


source: Acer

Acer Debuts Industry’s First 8-Inch Windows 8 Tablet

Pre-installed with Microsoft Office, the Acer Iconia W3 is the only tablet that can put the desktop into a single hand


Taipei (June 3, 2013) - Acer today unveiled the Acer Iconia W3, the industry’s first full-featured 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, bringing entertainment and full PC capabilities into a single hand. With Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed at no additional expense, the Acer Iconia W3 is the ultimate mobile companion.

The Iconia W3 provides an unprecedented tablet experience, with a design that is compact enough to use comfortably in one hand for reading and web browsing, and a screen large enough for entertainment and desktop applications. It’s ideal for professionals, students and families who want the ease of a one-hand tablet with access to programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

The Acer Iconia W3 was introduced at a press event at Computex along with other new products that highlight the company’s focus on redefining technology through touch, including the new Acer Aspire S7 and S3 Ultrabooks as well as the Liquid S1 phablet. #AcerTouch.

“With the Iconia W3, Acer is giving those who create, read, work and play in the Windows environment a device they can hold in one hand that does it all,” said Michael Birkin, Acer Chief Marketing Officer. “With the combination of Windows 8 and a sleek 8-inch design, the W3 is a joy to use and a better way to have fun and productivity on the go.”

Productivity Boosting Office Suite and Design

 Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 comes pre-installed on the new Iconia W3. A $139.99 value, the package includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, giving customers the applications they need right at their fingertips.
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The Iconia W3’s design makes it incredibly useful for productivity in several different ways. The slim and sleek device weighs only 1.10 pounds and measures only 0.45 inches thin, so it’s easy to take anywhere. The device pairs with an optional full-size Bluetooth keyboard that holds the tablet upright for typing and then conveniently docks to the tablet to lay flat for easy screen-protected transportation. The keyboard mirrors the size of those found on larger 13.3-inch notebooks, so it is comfortable to use and makes working on documents and presentations even more convenient. The Acer Iconia W3 was designed with a virtual keypad for optimal thumb typing.

Windows 8 Device Brings PC Capabilities Anywhere

Since the Acer Iconia W3 runs Windows 8, it keeps files, photos, and contacts synced across other Windows 8 devices, so customers can work on documents and programs on the go and then conveniently access the most current version from another device. Plus, because it runs full Windows 8, the Acer Iconia W3 is compatible with x86 legacy Windows programs. Consumers can also customize Windows 8 by utilizing Live Tiles right on the start page to keep updated on the topics, news, weather and other events that they care about most.

The range of capabilities paired with the slim size makes the Iconia W3 great for sharing at school, work and home. Windows 8 supports multiple user IDs, so customers will have access to their personal email, Live Tiles and other apps. The device keeps content secure and safe with multiple layers of security and parental controls, even with multiple people using it.

On the Go Performance for Productivity and Entertainment

The new tablet is powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor, optimized for mobile to smoothly handle a range of apps, including web browsing and enjoying digital media. “We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Acer, and with the Iconia W3 we have created a breakthrough mobile device with all-day battery life that enables productivity as well as entertainment,” said Hermann Eul, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “The W3 brings the performance and compatibility of the Intel® Atom™ Z2760 processor to a smaller, sleeker form factor.”

The Acer Iconia W3 provides up to 8 hours of battery life(1) to boost all-day productivity in classes, while traveling, or simply for staying in touch throughout the day. Connected Standby helps extend battery life by turning the display off while the device remains powered on to handle background tasks. The Acer Iconia W3 keeps consumers connected to Wi-Fi networks and hotspots with reliable 802.11b/g/n wireless technology.

The crisp 8.1-inch LED-backlit display brings 720p video to life with incredible detail and brightness. The 1280 x 800 resolution makes photos and multimedia as well as text and graphics, appear crisp and clear. The tablet’s front- and rear-facing 2MP webcams ensure that the tablet is outfitted for social networking, video conferencing and sharing.

The Iconia W3 was designed to enable quick sharing of data between devices to bring full PC productivity to a tablet form factor. It has a micro-HDMI port for connecting to a TV or external display for sharing presentations, photos and video. The micro-USB port allows easy sharing or data and a connection to devices like phones or a USB drive. The new tablet is available with either 32GB or 64GB(2) of internal storage, and customers can add an additional 32GB(2) via microSD for extra storage and convenient transfer of photos and video between devices.

Availability

The Acer Iconia W3 with 32GB and 64GB capacities(2) will be available for pre-sale starting tomorrow, June 4, from retailers including Amazon, Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, and Walmart.

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Iconia W3
  • OS Windows 8 Pro
  • Display 8.1 inches 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Intel Atom 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3400 mAh

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