Acer Reveals Industry’s First 8” Tablet with Microsoft Windows 8

Acer Introduces World’s Smallest Business Tablet with Windows 8

by Anton Shilov
06/05/2013 | 11:08 PM

 

 

Acer Group, one of the world’s largest makers of PCs, this week unveiled the Acer Iconia W3, the industry’s first full-featured 8.1” tablet running Windows 8 operating system, bringing entertainment and full PC capabilities into a single hand. With Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed at no additional expense, the Acer Iconia W3 is the ultimate mobile companion.

Acer Iconia W3 is based on Intel Atom Z2760 application processor running at up to 1.80GHz and sports 32GB or 64GB of NAND flash storage space. The device features 8.1” display with 1280*800 resolution, 2MP front and rear cams, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and so on. The tablet has micro-HDMI port, micro-USB port as well as microSD card slot. Acer Iconia W3 provides up to 8 hours of battery life.

The Iconia W3’s design makes it useful for productivity in several different ways. The slim and sleek device weighs only 1.10 pounds (498 grams) and measures only 0.45” (11.4mm) thick. The device pairs with an optional full-size Bluetooth keyboard that holds the tablet upright for typing and then conveniently docks to the tablet to lay flat for easy screen-protected transportation. The keyboard mirrors the size of those found on larger 13.3” notebooks, so it is comfortable to use and makes working on documents and presentations more convenient. The Acer Iconia W3 was designed with a virtual keypad for optimal thumb typing.

“With the Iconia W3, Acer is giving those who create, read, work and play in the Windows environment a device they can hold in one hand that does it all. With the combination of Windows 8 and a sleek 8-inch design, the W3 is a joy to use and a better way to have fun and productivity on the go,” said Michael Birkin, chief marketing officer at Acer.  

Since the Acer Iconia W3 runs Windows 8, it keeps files, photos, and contacts synced across other Windows 8 devices, so customers can work on documents and programs on the go and then conveniently access the most current version from another device. Plus, because it runs full Windows 8, the Acer Iconia W3 is compatible with x86 legacy Windows programs. Consumers can also customize Windows 8 by utilizing Live Tiles right on the start page to keep updated on the topics, news, weather and other events that they care about most.

The Acer Iconia W3 with 32GB and 64GB capacities are available for pre-sale from retailers including Amazon, Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, and Walmart. The price of 32GB flavor begins at $379, the 64GB version starts at $429.

Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 comes pre-installed on the new Iconia W3. A $139.99 value, the package includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, giving customers the applications they need right at their fingertips.