Acer's 8.1 inch Windows 8 tablet now official

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.

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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25 Comments

1. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

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

11. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What the hell is THAT?

12. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It is a 8.1inch Windows 8.1 Tablet by Acer

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Loving the bezel size :) might consider one

4. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

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

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

16. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

6. mydi.maus unregistered

i like the look of this one

7. mydi.maus unregistered

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

8. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

o.O ....

9. FlushGordon unregistered

Windows 8? No thank you.... A dual boot (Android/Windows) would be awesome though

10. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

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

13. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

14. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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...

18. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

19. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 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........

20. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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...

21. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

22. kissily

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 09, 2012

Looks cool.

23. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

24. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

25. Matt89

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

Cool design for acer like this

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