The world’s first 8-inch Windows 8 is finally upon us. After several rumors circulating around the Internet thanks to an Amazon leak and a tip from Acer Russia, the Acer Iconia W3 tablet is made official during an announcement at Computex 2013.
The Acer Iconia W3 is not just any other tablet. Apart from being the first Windows 8 tablet to sport a display below 10 inches, it also comes with the full-blown Windows 8 operating system instead of the watered-down Windows RT. In other words, the tablet is able to run x86 legacy software, along with apps obtained from the Windows Store. Yet another great thing about the device is its free bundling of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.
An optional Bluetooth keyboard is also available for the Iconia W3 and sports a button layout that is common in 13.3-inch laptops. As such, the keys don’t feel cramped and are quite comfortable for prolonged typing.
Acer Iconia W3 Specs
- Windows 8
- 8.1 inches HD 1280×800 pixel resolution, LCD Display
- 1.8GHz Intel Cloverview Atom Dual-core processor
- Internal storage: 32GB / 64GB
- MicroSD card support up to 32GB
- Bluetooth v4.0
- 2-megapixel rear camera
- 2-megapixel front camera
- micro HDMI, microUSB
In the hardware department, the Acer Iconia W3 is equipped with an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor that’s clocked at 1.8 GHz. The tablet is available in both 32GB and 64GB models, with both storage options expandable for up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. Battery life is expected to last for as long as 8 hours. Furthermore, the tablet also comes with a built-in micro-HDMI, but not USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.
With an affordable $379 price tag, the Acer Iconia W3 is slated for release this month. Would you be interested in owning the Acer Iconia W3?