Windows 8 on an 8-incher? Acer Iconia W3 tablet leaks with tiny dimensions

It was recently confirmed by Microsoft that it is scaling Windows 8 to fit into smaller tablets, like the seven or eight inch crowd Android made popular. It didn't take long for OEMs to start making some indeed, and now we have the first physical confirmation of their existence.

A spy shot of what is dubbed the Acer Iconia W3 reveals a smallish 8" tab docked into a physical keyboard, with claimed 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor and 2GB of RAM, which seems to be the bare minimum for running Win 8 somewhat decently, yet offer ARM-like battery endurance.

The screen res is unknown, but knowing that Microsoft quietly relaxed the minimum 1366x768 requirements not long ago, the W3 might sport 1200x800 pixels, akin to the Galaxy Note 8.0 or Google Nexus 7

Price and availability are unknown at this point, but considering Intel waxing poetic how small Win 8 slates might go as low as $200, we wouldn't be surprised if Acer releases the thing in the $300 ballpark, or maybe even less. Moreover, Acer asked the website which got the top to pull the image down, thus giving even more credibility to the story of the little Windows 8 tablet.



1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2476; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Now if they offer a stylus as an accessory or possibly as a bundle, I think this would make an awesome tablet for board meetings, students in the classroom, etc. The question will be: is the price right?

2. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Yes your right. Having a windows 8 in an 8" incher means trouble for Note 8.0 and Nexus with the right price(300$), Include Office 360 in a bundle and whoala.. Tablets for Business and Enterprise Schools and offices :)

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I dunno.. I have the acer w510 but I find it a little difficult working on it with a 10" screen size. I'm used to 15" screen sizes.

13. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

If this is $300 or even lesser with windows 8 (nor RT), then it's a deal. But i would want to wait a bit longer and see if Nokia comes up with anything. But im willing to spend a bit more for a 10 inch tablet. Something like the Acer W510 going for $500 while running full windows 8.

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

now this is a real ipad killer since its a real tablet pc!! It may not have very impressive specs but atom will do for low end!! Im just looking forward for the baytrail+ which intel promise to let us have a $200 windows tablet!

5. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012


6. martinlosha unregistered

Lol The Fanboys run the world market Unfortunately Microsoft hasn't got any. Even though this is a full computer PC, even though the price is good, even though windows pro beats both ios and android hands down and is not even a contest, even though the battery life is good this device won't sell. By the way do all authors at phonearena have lost their minds or something? How is possible Android to have made the 7 inch form factor popular? Amazon and the kindle fire made the 7 inch form factor popular, android is a piece of software, you can not give props to the software for the hardware of the kindle devices

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

7"-9" is the great size for tablets in my idea . But I don't have a good experience with Intel Atom in my HP Slate 500. More power requires more battery. The i5 in the Surface pro makes it a powerhouse but it consumes more battery. let's hope upcoming tablets (Windows, Android,...) have great battery lives.

11. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The Atom Z2670 is good with power conservation..

8. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

windows tablets don't meet my work requirement so I use Android tablet instead and never have idea owning a windows tablets, but always dream about high end laptops :).

9. martinlosha unregistered

What kind of work you do? What are your work requirements?

12. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Are sure you even know what you are doing? I suggest you review your words

15. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

I'm working as a techinician in IT field, usually use CAD and things like Virtual Machine, virtualization. And please don't miss my words, I use Galaxy Note 10.1 because it has great battery life (full day working), ability to view CADs just in case, phonecall feature. Android also has a good keyboard layout for my languages (Vietnamese). Believe me, I'm a huge fan of Windows but Win RT tablets lack of apps while I couldn't afford NOT RT tablets. Of course I type this reply on a Windows 8 Pro laptop in the end of a day :D

10. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Will 1200x800 support snap view? why not just release an 8" device with a 1366x768 resolution screen?

14. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Seems like this is the future.

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