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Acer takes wraps off Iconia W4 8-inch tablet: Windows 8.1 and improved display

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Acer takes wraps off Iconia W4 8-inch tablet: Windows 8.1 and improved display
Acer has just taken the wraps off its Iconia W4 8-inch tablet running on the brand new Windows 8.1 and the tablet comes with an improved display and a bunch of accessories.

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.

source: Acer

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posted on 17 Oct 2013, 06:50 4

1. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Awesome .. windows 8 is better than android 4.4 and ios 8 on tablet's

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 09:13 2

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3823; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I assume you know this because of your vast experience with 4.4 & iOS 8, correct?

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:08

2. hmd74 (Posts: 489; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

I didn't get it...
Is the CPU powerful or not?

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:21 1

3. Eonnaydra (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Its on par or better than A7 so it is a beast for a handset like this.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:32 2

6. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Its better than the A7 by far.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 12:02

12. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

No the A7 is better by far.
See, others can play your pathetic game too ! :)

Now seriously, the A7 is roughly on par with CPU and a lot better in GPU.
That is how they compare, no matter what the shatter troll spews.

Besides, the tablet version of A7 will be FAR superior to this Bay Trail, period.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 14:09

13. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

You both are pathetic, the A7 is made for phones. The 4th Bay Trail Intel processor is capable of Running Windows 8, so there is no competition here.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:22 2

4. noler (Posts: 325; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

It run full windows 8.1 OS, so yes but it is not core i7/i5.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:53 1

7. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Don't trust them. It seems there is too much Intel fanboyism here.
The Chip is quite OK, around a Quad core A15 in CPU power, as they don't use the most powerful implementation for Bay Trail.
The GPU is nothing to write home about, a bit over the Mali 604 or the Adreno 320, but worse than the one in the Apple A7, the Tegra 4 or Adreno 330.
The A7 is A LOT better than this chip in CPU, prove of that:
Think that for mobile the most important number is the "Geekbench 3 Score", no the Multicore one. And it is 1411 against 789

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 10:45

10. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

Don't worry about that, most tech geeks know about it and normal or ordinary users don't even read PA :)

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:24 2

5. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

These Windows 8.1 tablet in an 8 inch form factor is really interesting.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:56

8. uchihakurtz (Posts: 404; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Wow, 330 USD, I so wanna try this.

A bit off topic, but isn't Ubuntu Touch supposed to be released or announced today? Any news on that? :\

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 11:05

11. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1584; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Hmm I would go for the Lenovo 8 inch Windows 8.1 over this one it's cheaper for the same
64 gigs of main memory. The dell 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablet is not that bad ether. the Windows 8 inch 8 inch tablets I think will sell pretty well because thecost 300 380 dollars.
the lenovo Windows 8.1-8 inch tablet can be bought with 128 gigs of main memory.

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