Slashgear reports that the upcoming 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet from Acer, the Iconia W4, likely won't be appearing on the market until the end of January 2014. That will reportedly be for the 64 GB version costing $379 USD; the 32 GB version costing $329 may arrive at the same time or sometime thereafter. The tablets were originally slated to arrive by the end of October.
Packed with Windows 8.1, the upcoming tablet will feature an 8-inch LED-lit IPS screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, a 16:10 screen ratio, and viewing angles up to 170 degrees. The screen will be powered by a fourth-generation Intel Atom Z3740 "Bay Trail" chip clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and a battery promising up to 10 hours of web browsing and up to 8 hours of video playback.
"Equipped with an IPS technology display, the Iconia W4 provides consistent images, color and brightness from a wide range of viewing angles, up to 170 degrees, so it is ideal for sharing with others," reads the company's press release. "Furthermore, Zero Air Gap technology removes the air in between the touch panel and LCD module, reducing reflection and boosting readability even in sunlight."
The device will also sport a 2MP camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back, Wireless N connectivity, a microHDMI port for connecting the device to an HDTV, a microUSB port and a microSD card slot for adding up to 32 GB of additional storage. The device will weigh a mere 0.91 pounds and measure just 0.40 inches thin, making it a good on-the-road extension to your Windows-based desktop or laptop at home.
"Compact enough to hold in one hand yet spacious enough for comfortable viewing, the Iconia W4 brings mobile productivity and media consumption to the next level," reads the press release. "It targets active and professional users who want a tablet that's easy to carry and convenient for the multitasking they do -- all in one sleek device."
So much for getting this 8-inch tablet for the holidays. We're betting this device will show up at CES 2014 next month before it goes live to retail, so stay tuned.