Acer launches ‘industry first’ 8-inch Win 8 tablet

Iconia W3 features laptop-sized dockable keyboard

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Acer launches ‘industry first’ 8-inch Win 8 tablet The Iconia W3 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 mobile-optimised processor.
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By  Stephen McBride Published  June 20, 2013

Acer this week unveiled the Acer Iconia W3, billed as "the industry's first full-featured 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, bringing entertainment and full PC capabilities into a single hand".

GALLERY: The Acer Iconia W3 hybrid.

The Iconia W3 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 and is designed for one-handed use, while sporting a screen large enough for both productivity and entertainment operations.

Like most of its hybrid competitors, the Iconia W3 is aimed at a full range of users, from business people to students and families.

"With the Iconia W3, Acer is giving the millions of students, consumers and professionals who create, read, work and play in the Windows environment a single-handed device that does it all," said Luca Rossi, vice president, consumer business unit, Acer Europe.

"These [users] will enjoy the industry-leading combination of a Windows 8 tablet in a sleek and lightweight 8-inch design, giving them a new and more effective way to take their fun and productivity on the go."

The Iconia W3 weighs 540g and is 11.35mm in thickness, making it optimally portable. The device pairs with an optional full-size Bluetooth keyboard that holds the tablet upright for typing and then docks to the tablet to lay flat for easy transportation while protecting the screen. The keyboard is similar in size to those found on larger 13.3-inch notebooks, and so clearly geared towards comfort. The device also features a virtual keypad designed for enhanced comfort when thumb-typing.

Windows 8 keeps files, photos, and contacts synced across other Windows 8 devices, allowing the most recent version of a file to be accessed from whichever device the user chooses. Acer pointed out that, because it runs full Windows 8, the Acer Iconia W3 is compatible with x86 legacy Windows programs.

The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 mobile-optimised processor and the battery is said to last up to 8 hours. Connected Standby helps extend battery life by turning the display off while the device remains powered on to handle background tasks. Connectivity is through Wi-Fi via 802.11b/g/n wireless technology.

The display is an 8.1-inch LED-backlit screen, compatible with 720p video and carrying 1280 x 800 resolution. The tablet also features front- and rear-facing 2MP webcams.

GALLERY: The Acer Iconia W3 hybrid.

Also included is a micro-HDMI port for connecting to a TV or external display for the sharing of presentations, photos and video. The micro-USB port allows data sharing and a connection to devices such as phones, MP3 players, USB drives, or a mouse. The new tablet is available with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and users can add an additional 32GB via microSD.

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