Acer 8.1-inch Windows 8 Pro Tablet Coming to Amazon

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acer-iconia-w3Friday Acer had its big presser in New York. One thing they didn’t mention was what happened to its Acer Iconia W3 Tablet. If you were quick enough you may of saw it on Amazon before it was taken down. What happened?

It was only on Amazon for a short while. The guys over at Engadget grabbed a quick screenshot and a list of specs before it was so quickly taken down.

The specs reveal that the Iconia W3 will weigh 1.1 pounds an have a dual-core Atom Z2760 SoC from Intel. This means only one thing, it has the horse power to run Windows 8 Pro, not Windows RT. To round out the hardware it will include an 8.1-inch CrystalBrite LCD display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, integrated graphics with 64 MB of memory, 32 GB of internal storage, and 2 GB of RAM.

Also packed into this unit is Wireless-N networking connectivity, a 2MP camera on the front and a 2MP camera on the back, and a two-cell 3,500 mAh battery, which can deliver up to eight hours of continuous use on a single charge.

The Amazon/Acer quick reversal may be because Microsoft’s upstream supply chain said that they already shipped components for 1 to 1.5 million Intel-based Surface units since the end of 2012. They also confirm that this next wave will include form factors ranging from 7-inches to 9-inches in size. Of course, the Acer Iconia W3 unit isn’t a Surface device, but it does show that Windows 8 tablets are indeed shipping under the 10-inch form factor.

I could mean the upstream sources are for Windows 8 tablets in general, and not strictly Surface units. The word on the street is that an actual small-screen Surface tablet may not appear until next year when the component prices are lower. Unless the Amazon price tag was a place holder or a typo, the Acer Iconia W3 is a good example as to why Microsoft would want to wait.

Currently the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is $269 USD, the 7.9-inch iPad mini is $329 USD, and the 7-inch Nexus 7 is $199 USD.




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