Acer Iconia W3 First Mini Windows 8 Tablet

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Acer announced on Monday the industry’s first eight-inch Windows 8 tablet, or “phablet,” along with touch-centric updates to its Aspire S3 and S7 laptops.

Acer executives took the stage during the company’s Computex 2013 conference, saying the eight-inch Windows 8 Iconia W3 tablet will provide the full Windows 8 experience.

The Iconia W3-810 will include an 8.1-inch display (1280×800), Intel’s 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, and either 32 or 64GB of storage, with an additional 32GB possible through microSD expansion.

Weighing just 17.6 ounces (500 grams) and less than a half-inch (0.44 in) thick, the Iconia W3 form factor is even small enough to be used like a smartphone.

The device, which was designed in collaboration with Microsoft and Intel, comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed, and can run any of the apps at the Windows Store.

The Iconia W3 can be used with a detachable keyboard dock, allowing for a keyboard substantially larger than the tablet to make room for more comfortable typing.

Built into the underside of the docking keyboard is storage for the tablet, so it can be stowed when not in use.

The Iconia W3 will reportedly begin selling during the second quarter at a price of $379, including Office Home & Student 2013.

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