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

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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Iconia W4
  • Display 8.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 1333 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 4960 mAh

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13 Comments

1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

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

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

3. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Its better than the A7 by far.

12. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

13. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

4. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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:http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/124785?baseline=59070 Think that for mobile the most important number is the "Geekbench 3 Score", no the Multicore one. And it is 1411 against 789

10. ihatesmartphone unregistered

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

5. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

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

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 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? :\

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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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