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Acer's New 8-Inch Windows 8 Tablet Now Available

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Acer's 8-inch sequel tablet finally arrives.

Acer, the company that released the very first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet earlier this year, has quietly launched the sequel originally introduced back in October, the Acer Iconia W4 tablet. Previous rumors had the tablet pegged for a late January release due to a delay, but the 64 GB version is available now on Amazon for $380 USD, followed by a 32 GB model for $330 at a later date (January?).

Arriving with Windows 8.1, the new tablet sports 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 is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Atom Z3740 "Bay Trail" chip clocked at 1.33 GHz, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 2-cell Li-Ion battery promising up to 8 hours on a single charge.

"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 announcement. "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 also features a 2MP camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a microHDMI port for connecting the device to an HDTV, a microUSB port and a microSD card slot for adding up to 64 GB of additional storage. The device weighs a mere 0.91 pounds and measures just 0.42 inches thin.

"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. 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," reads the company's announcement.

To order Acer's new tablet, head here.

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    sean1357 , December 27, 2013 2:56 PM
    Atom chip???

    They should replaced with FPGA chip instead. So I can mess around with verilog... I will buy if they have Stratix 10 to config 1000 cores...
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    FFH , December 27, 2013 3:22 PM
    As someone who owns an Acer Android tablet, I'd wait for a surface mini. Their build quality okay, but they don't supply updates very quickly.
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    g-unit1111 , December 27, 2013 7:01 PM
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    Atom chip???

    They should replaced with FPGA chip instead. So I can mess around with verilog... I will buy if they have Stratix 10 to config 1000 cores...


    I got a Dell Venue 8 Pro for Christmas and this thing is amazing - the Intel Atom Bay Trail processors can do way more than you'd think they can do.
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    vmem , December 27, 2013 8:16 PM
    looks nice on paper, but really, why bother making a 32GB full win8 tablet? it should have been 64gb and 128gb...
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    RazberyBandit , December 27, 2013 8:24 PM
    I'd love to see Tom's review and compare 8- and 10-inch Windows-based tablets, especially those that come w/ docking stations.

    I've had my hands on both the Dell Venue 8 and the 10" ASUS Transformer T100 Book. Of the two, I actually prefer the ASUS. With its larger screen and the addition of an included docking station, it simply felt like a much more complete and easier to use device. The only slightly greater price tag on the Transformer T100 Book pretty much seals the deal. (That is, unless I lived much closer to a MicroCenter, which has been selling the 32GB and 64GB Venue 8 models in its stores for $230 and $300, respectively.)

    This Iconia W4 has some well-established and steep competition.
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    ddpruitt , December 27, 2013 10:12 PM
    I know someone that got one of these. Damn thing's heavier than my 10" tablets and gets really warm. I don't know how it performs, but unless it does really well I'll stick with an Android based tablet.
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    chicofehr , December 27, 2013 10:13 PM
    I still have a Blackberry Playbook LOL I might have to upgrade to a Windows 8.1 Tablet later. A full version of Windows kills Android or iOS any day.
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    shaun_shaun , December 28, 2013 2:43 AM
    I d rather buy 2 x Tegra Note tabs for $199 each ...
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    w8gaming , December 28, 2013 2:54 AM
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    I know someone that got one of these. Damn thing's heavier than my 10" tablets and gets really warm. I don't know how it performs, but unless it does really well I'll stick with an Android based tablet.


    Well, do not comment on things that you have never seen. It is definitely not heavier than 10" tablet, and you probably confuse Surface Pro with this new batch of 8" Windows tablet, that really, does not get warm.

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    iamadev , December 28, 2013 6:09 AM
    @ddpruitt

    as w8gaming stated you really shouldn't comment on things like you have used them if you haven't.

    As far as bay trail goes I have the Asus T100 and I am really quite surprised at how nippy and usable it is, I mainly use it as a wifi camera viewer and get full day usage from it only plugging it in at night when it goes up to my bedroom with me.

    When not in use as a cam viewer it can handle all internet based jobs better than any andy or iOS tablet and the pre bundled apps are pretty awesome tbh. I have yet to find something lacking in the app store as well but generally I use windows programs before apps (cam viewer is metro app).

    Bundled keyboard is smaller than I am used to and I never use the trackpad as it is a bit crap and redundant with the touchscreen but that is basically its only faults.

    I got the 32Gb and while it does only come with 22Gb spare it has an Sd slot so I just put in a 64Gb card and that holds all my media so for about £320 I get a full windows laptop and tablet that can go all day and do anything I would want to do on a 10" device.
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    iamadev , December 28, 2013 6:10 AM
    Lol I forgot to post my main point which was to point out that it doesn't get the slightest bit warm
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    w8gaming , December 28, 2013 9:24 AM
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    @ddpruitt

    as w8gaming stated you really shouldn't comment on things like you have used them if you haven't.


    I have used it, that's the point. w8gaming clearly isn't capable of reading. I'm just not willing to comment on performance because I haven't used it enough to say one way or another. The keyboard is pretty nice, I thought it would be a bit awkward but it's perfectly usable. Interface is take it or leave it, for a tablet device it's fine.


    Well, I will repeat this again for anyone who is misled by you. First, this tablet is not heavier than the 10" tablets. It is lighter than iPad Air, which is the lightest of them all now. Second, it does not get warm. Surface Pro get warm, not this.
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    beggerking , December 28, 2013 11:38 PM
    ddpruitt stop lying. this product just came out yet how could you have used it?

    my Dell Venue Pro 8 , however, works like a champ! extremely fast, absolutely no lag at all. FULL BROWSER allows me to run everything, no need for all the crappy apps.
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    Surray , December 29, 2013 3:44 AM
    But does it run Hearthstone?
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    I Hate Nvidia , December 29, 2013 4:24 AM
    A really tough sell and hard to swallow ,You can buy Dell Venue Pro 8 for almost 80 $ less and exactly the same specs ,in fact I was able to grab it on Amazon for more than 100$ less than the Acer tab ,I heard that Dell has some problems with Wifi connectivity ,but does that justify 100 $ more??!!!
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    g-unit1111 , December 29, 2013 2:06 PM
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    ddpruitt stop lying. this product just came out yet how could you have used it?

    my Dell Venue Pro 8 , however, works like a champ! extremely fast, absolutely no lag at all. FULL BROWSER allows me to run everything, no need for all the crappy apps.


    I have a Dell Venue 8 Pro as well and this thing is amazing. It's a full PC in tablet form.
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    IdVic , December 29, 2013 3:48 PM
    I love the idea of being able to carry a full windows tablet where ever I go. It's also a great alternative for those who want to build a cheap media pc as I stream a lot of my content to my living room TV.
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    g-unit1111 , December 31, 2013 12:22 PM
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    I love the idea of being able to carry a full windows tablet where ever I go. It's also a great alternative for those who want to build a cheap media pc as I stream a lot of my content to my living room TV.


    The only bad thing about Bay Trail is the tablets that are out don't make use of HDMI video output. I wish they would because they'd probably outsell the iPad and iPad Mini if they did.
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    techmobiletod , January 13, 2014 2:55 AM
    Good move by Acer. Now I can install apps and play windows phone 8 games on this tablet. http://wp8appstore.com/apps/