First Eight-Inch Windows 8 Tablet To Be Produced By Acer
June 4, 2013

First Eight-Inch Windows 8 Tablet To Be Produced By Acer

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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 (1280x800), 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.

Acer also announced an even smaller “phablet,” the Liquid S1, which includes a 5.7-inch display (1280x720), MediaTek MT6589 1.5GHz quad-core processor, dual SIM cards and 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage. The Liquid S1 will be available in Asia and Europe beginning in the third quarter, but won´t support 4G LTE and won´t be sold in the U.S.

Acer executives also rolled out the second-generation follow-up to the Aspire S7, which maintains all of the best features from the first, such as dual-torque hinge, Gorilla Glass covered lid and slim design, while adding several new features such as retina-like high-resolution display, a new and nearly quiet dual-fan cooling system, a keyboard with 30 percent more key travel and a larger battery that increases battery life by one-third without changing the super-slim design.

Acer said the updated Aspire S7 will go on sale this fall, but did not disclose pricing.

The company also announced updates to its Aspire S3 ultrabook, which will include Intel´s 4th generation CPU and Nvidia GeForce GT735M graphics, a 1080p display and IPS display technology for ultra-wide viewing angles.

Acer did not disclose pricing and availability for the S7, but executives hinted at a fall release.

Chief executive JT Wang said Acer is intently focused on developing the best tablets and touch-enabled laptops, reports ZD Net.

“Users are becoming smarter and demand a significant improvement in the user experience,” he said. “If you don't do that, they won't buy.”