Acer Launches Iconia W3 Tablet

Acer Announces Smallest Windows 8 Tablet

Acer has launched the Iconia W3, which is the first 8.1” tablet running on Windows 8. The device, priced at about $380, will be the first small screen Windows 8 tablet that can fit in your hand, in the market.

This device is powered by Atom Z2760 processor from Intel and includes a 1.8 GHz dual core chipset. The screen supports LED backlit display and can show resolutions of up to 1280 x 800 pixels. There are two cameras: 2 MP cameras at the front as well as rear end of the device. Also included are the standard connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth 4.0. Missing here are the USB 3.0 port and Thunderbolt port found in the earlier Windows tablets released by Acer.

Weighing at about 540 grams and with a thickness of 11.35mm, the Iconia is quite compact for a tablet. The device has a battery life of 8 hours, which is pretty good for tablets of this size. This tablet comes with pre-included Microsoft Office Student and Home editions. The Iconia will be available in both 32 GB and 64 GB variants. An external slot from micro-SD cards can let users expand the external memory by up to 32 GB.

Acer has included an optional keyboard with Iconia that can be bought for about $90. The functionality and look of the device's keyboard is similar to what is seen on the Ultrabook lineup of Acer. You can check out other tablets such as the iPad by renting one from a local iPad rental service agency in your area.

Monday, August 5, 2013