Acer Unveils Iconia W3, the First 8-Inch Windows 8 Tablet

Acer Unveils Iconia W3, the First 8-Inch Windows 8 Tablet

 The Acer Iconia W3 can dock into an optional Bluetooth keyboard that is about the same size as the one found on 13.3-inch notebooks.

Acer today announced at Computex 2013 the world's first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3.

Powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core 1.8GHz processor and 2GB RAM, the Iconia W3 is stated to provide up to 8 hours of battery life. By using connected standby, it's able to extend battery mileage by turning off the display while the device remains awake to run background apps. We found navigation on the tablet to be quite smooth.

The Iconia W3 sports a 8.1-inch LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. Despite its decent specs, we felt the display looked a little dull and too reflective for our liking. 

As a full-featured 8.1-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3 comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. You can view, edit and save in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Other specs include: 

  • 11.35mm thin chassis 
  • 540g
  • 2-megapixel front-facing and rear cameras 
  • 32/64GB internal storage 
  • microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32GB
  • micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports 

The Acer Iconia W3 will be available this month with a base price of US$379. The optional Bluetooth keyboard is priced at US$79.99.

On initial handling, we find the display on the Acer Iconia W3 to be a little dull. Would the final mass production units fare better? Look out for a future evaluation from HardwareZone.

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