Acer launched the first x86 tablet featuring Windows 8 Pro.
Windows 8 had its minimum resolution lowered from 1366 x 768 to a mere 1024 x 600 a while ago, and now we know why. The Iconia W3 is the first 8 inch tablet capable of running Windows 8 Pro on Intel's x86 architecture.
This tablet utilizes the dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 clocked at 1.8 GHz, which includes hyperthreading and allows the tablet to run on the 1280 x 800 screen on the built-in Intel HD graphics. The dual channel RAM architecture (LPDDR2) is limited to 2 GB of RAM, so naturally, there will be no 64-bit version tablet available. Both the forward and rear facing cameras are 2 MPX.
The device is offered in both 32 and 64 GB internal storage options, with no mention of expandable storage thus far. Thanks to the Intel HD Graphics, the tablet can output full-HD through its micro-HDMI port, and also comes with connectivity due to a USB 2.0 port and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. The device is said to have Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 edition pre-installed, and promises of an 8-hour battery life have been made. The launch date is set for sometime next week, with the larger model available from Amazon for $430.
While this tablet may not be the most impressive x86 design, it sure has prepared the way for more tablets of its kind to congregate on the market, with rumors of Intel's Haswell chips in Windows tablets already floating around. We await with baited breath.