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Acer 8.1-inch Windows 8 Pro Tablet Shows Up on Amazon

By - Source: Engadget | B 10 comments

Looks like Acer and Amazon just confirmed that smaller Windows 8 tablets are on the way.

Although Acer revealed a load of goodies during its press event in New York City on Friday, what the company didn't introduce was the Acer Iconia W3 tablet that recently popped up on Amazon for $379.99. Yeah, it's a bit expensive for a device of that size, but it sports Windows 8 Pro which doesn't have the benefits of free licensing as seen with Google's Android platform.

At one time the listing could be found on Amazon here, but by the time this report went live, someone had yanked it offline. Luckily we have the keen eyes of Engadget who managed to take a screenshot and grab a list of specs before the gadget was sucked into the void. Sorry Microsoft: it looks like the rumors have been confirmed.

According to the specs, the Iconia W3 will weigh 1.1 pounds and sport a dual-core Atom Z2760 SoC from Intel, meaning the Windows platform of choice will be Windows 8 Pro, not Windows RT. Other hardware goodies will include an 8.1-inch CrystalBrite LCD display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, integrated graphics with 64 MB of memory, 32 GB of internal storage, and 2 GB of RAM.

The specs also revealed that the tablet will feature Wireless-N networking connectivity, a 2MP camera on the front and a 2MP camera on the back (which seems odd), and a two-cell 3,500 mAh battery, promising up to eight hours of continuous use on a single charge.

The Amazon/Acer leak appears after Microsoft's upstream supply chain said that they already shipped components for 1 to 1.5 million Intel-based Surface units since the end of 2012. They also confirm that this next wave will include form factors ranging from 7-inches to 9-inches in size. Of course, the Acer Iconia W3 unit isn't a Surface device, but it does show that Windows 8 tablets are indeed shipping under the 10-inch form factor.

That said, perhaps the upstream sources meant Windows 8 tablets in general, and not strictly Surface units. There's speculation that an actual small-screen Surface tablet may not appear until next year when the component prices are lower. Unless the Amazon price tag was a place holder or a typo, the Acer Iconia W3 is a good example as to why Microsoft would want to wait.

Currently the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD starts at $269 USD, the 7.9-inch iPad mini starts at $329 USD, and the 7-inch Nexus 7 starts at $199 USD.

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    BringMeAnother , May 4, 2013 3:15 PM
    Clovertrail? Not interested. Especially when the next gen is coming out in 1 or 2 month.
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    Wamphryi , May 4, 2013 4:08 PM
    I run Win 8 on the desktop and it has proven to be an OK OS. Thus encouraged I tried out a Lenovo tablet running Win 8 Pro and found the experience was not what I had hoped for. It was a case of trying to run an OS I currently run on 3 27 inch monitors on a 7 inch tablet. The Zoom features were incredibly poor and the text was difficult to read (hardware issue imho). I tried Win 8 on an Ultra Book and that was much better. The OS was manageable and for the first time in a while I found myself using Explorer over Chrome.
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    DelightfulDucklings , May 4, 2013 4:28 PM
    I don't understand why a company would release new products right now when there are new CPU's being released very shortly that will dramatically change tablets (in the efficiency and speed departments)
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    jkflipflop98 , May 4, 2013 5:59 PM
    Because these products have been in the pipeline for a year at this point. They've already spent the time and manpower designing everything needed to mass produce these units, may as well get what return out of it you can before the new hardware wave comes in.
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    vmem , May 4, 2013 8:07 PM
    Depending on the inventory volume of clovertrail chips left an intel, Acer may also have gotten a discount on them. that said, that chip is really not capable of offering a smooth user experience for Windows 8 pro, and having only 32GB of harddrive space only makes it worse
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    Asok Smith , May 4, 2013 8:20 PM
    Sigh. Yet ANOTHER rebirth of the netbook, only this time sans keyboard and mouse.
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    Asok Smith , May 5, 2013 1:38 PM
    Sigh. Yet ANOTHER rebirth of the netbook, only this time sans keyboard and mouse.
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    linkgx1 , May 5, 2013 2:41 PM
    This or any iPad? Hmmm......
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    diddo , May 5, 2013 11:22 PM
    You lost me at "Windows 8"
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    Wisecracker , May 6, 2013 9:54 AM

    Well, at least something is coming to market.

    It's not less than $300, it's Clover Trail, and I suspect Intel, PowerVR, MS and Acer will argue over updates when things go wacky, but ... it's a start.

    I'd prefer to wait for a Temash APU with a nice dock, but I'm only a consumer held hostage by uninspiring junk.