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Bay Trail-Powered Acer Iconia W4 Tablet Makes Appearance

Back in April, reports surfaced that Intel was targeting a Q4 2013 release for its new Bay Trail processors. The recent appearance of the Acer Iconia W4 tablet seems to suggest that Intel's plans are well on schedule.

According to Dutch website BouweenPC, the Iconia W4 features an Intel Atom Z3740 "Bay Trail" processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 32 GB SSD, and an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Also included are 5 MP rear and 2 MP front cameras, microSD expansion slot, micro HDMI port, Bluetooth, GPU and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Though no official information has been provided regarding the release date, the fact that it runs Windows 8.1 precludes a launch before mid-October. Judging from previous reports on Intel's release timetable, it may in fact be targeted at this year's holiday season. The Acer Iconia W4 tablet is expected to retail for €330 and $400 in Europe and the United States, respectively. You can check out BouweenPC's brief hands-on video below.

  • Cryio
    I want the 8.1 update already >_>
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  • joneb
    How will games play on it?
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  • Vladislaus
    Since the Z3740 supports 64 bits and the tablet comes with 2GB of RAM will this come with the 64 bits flavor of Windows or 32 bits?
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  • back_by_demand
    CPU, RAM, SSD and resolution on this are sub-par for a Windows tablet - I have said Acer proliferate cheap nasty crap before and they are doing very little to prove me wrong
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  • ethanolson
    This isn't good enough for me. If it's gonna be this pathetic, I'd rather just have the Surface 2 with 8.1 RT and the bad-a backlit touch cover.
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  • TheinsanegamerN
    not bad for a $400 tablet. stuff like this drives companies to release souped up ones with 4 GB of ram and 128 gb ssds. heck, even with only 2 gb, the only issue with this is the 32 gb ssd. otherwise, seems like a pretty nice tablet, considering it runs full windows 8.
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  • BringMeAnother
    This is certainly not good enough as a primary computing device, but as a secondary one... Scratch that, I'm gonna use this weak sauce, unless reviews are really good.
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  • rwinches
    The cost of M$ OS keeps TABs from being competitive.
    These specs should be $275-$300 and only because of the SSD
    Might have done with nand mem, except the OS and the active tiles bog everything down.
    Is this SDXC at least?
    That hands-on made it look slow and unresponsive.
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  • csbeer
    I bought the predecessor, the W3 with the TN screen for $249, and can't be happier with it. It came with full Office student's edition. I'll never go back to android or IOS after this.
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  • w8gaming
    11630142 said:
    I bought the predecessor, the W3 with the TN screen for $249, and can't be happier with it. It came with full Office student's edition. I'll never go back to android or IOS after this.

    I thought the earlier model was sold at $400 at launch. If it has been lowered to $249, it is probably ok device for such a low price. The screen really was bad compared to the rest but not much worse from a lot of whitebox Android devices. It probably also shows the device was made with $150 profit margin so Acer could have done a better job using a better screen and slightly larger SSD such as 64Gb.
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