Because of dwindling sales of PC’s and laptops, Acer of Taiwan is shifting its focus to tablets and smartphones. They have announced today Iconia W3 , which is world’s first 8 inch tablet running on the latest Windows 8 OS, on the eve of start of Computex 2013 in Taiwan. They have also unveiled Liquid S1 smartphone with 5.7″ display (http://www.techvorm.com/acer-launches-liquid-s1-android-phablet-with-5-7-display.html)
The 8 inch Iconia W3 tablet can fit in your hand, and is powered by Intel’s dual-core 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 processor.The tablet comes with a 1280×800 pixel resolution LED-backlit display, and is equipped with 2-megapixel front facing camera and a 2-megapixel rear camera. It has a micro-HDMI port for connecting to a TV or external display. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Micro-USB.The device weighs 540 grams and is 11.35mm thick. Acer claims that battery life of this tablet is approx. eight hours, which sounds good.
The Acer Iconia W3 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, and is priced at $379.
Acer has also introduced an optional Bluetooth keyboard with the Iconia W3 tablet that is expected to cost around $90.This keyboard holds the tablet upright for typing and then docks to the tablet to lay flat for easy transportation.
This tablet will be available in two versions – 32GB and or 64GB,. Customers can expand the storage up to 32GB via a microSD. The Iconia W3 with 32GB and 64GB capacities will be available in June in US and Europe.