Acer takes wraps off Iconia W4 8-inch tablet: Windows 8.1 and improved display
The Iconia W4 tablet comes quickly after the W3, and Acer has learnt its lesson this time. Many have complained about the screen quality on the W3, so in the W4 Acer is using an IPS LCD panel with Zero Air Gap touch and wider, 170-degree viewing angles. In addition, the screen is better tailored for use outdoor and better outdoor visibility, but the resolution remains pretty average at 1280 x 800 pixels.
Size-wise the device does not stand out with anything. It is 0.42-inches thick and 0.91 pounds heavy.
The big new thing with it is of course the Windows 8.1 operating system that comes with fixes for common user complaints and the Start button back. It all runs on a fairly snappy 4th-gen Intel Bay Trail processor clocked at up to 1.8GHz.
The tablet features a 2-megapixel camera up front, and a 5-megapixel auto-focus shooter on the back. The rear camera can shoot up to 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
Acer is also unveiling a few interesting cases and covers for the new tablet. The $40 Acer Crunch Cover is made out of microfiber and comes in multiple colors. It folds holding the Iconia W4 at different angles. The $80 Acer Crunch Keyboard on the other hand is synthetic leather and comes with a thin Bluetooth keyboard.
The Iconia W4 release date is set for later in October and the price of the tablet is $329.99 for the 32GB model and $379.99 for the 64GB edition. Both will be come with Office Home and Student 2013 Edition on board.