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

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.

  • sean1357
    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
    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
    12283430 said:
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    I d rather buy 2 x Tegra Note tabs for $199 each ...
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  • w8gaming
    12286481 said:
    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
    @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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