Following shortly after Dell announced the Venue Pro tablet and a day on from Lenovo unveiling the Miix 2, Acer introduced its own Windows 8.1 tablet and said that it will start shipping in the U.S. later this month.
As rumored, the Iconia A4 has an improved 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display with wide 170 degree viewing angles and better sunlight readability. It also has Intel’s Bay Trail-based Atom processor (clocked at 1.8GHz), connections for micro USB and micro HDMI, and is lighter than its predecessor, the Iconia W3.
The inclusion of Windows 8.1 adds some other advantages too, most notably the Windows start button and the pre-loaded Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 edition.
Acer says that the 32GB model will sell for $330, with the 64GB edition retailing at $380. There will be accessories available for the tablet, including a protective case for $35, a case/stand for $40 and a keyboard folio for $80.
Acer will certainly be hoping that the Iconia W4 fares better than the Iconia A3, which launched in June. The tablet was the first 8-inch device running Windows 8 but was generally panned for having a poor touchscreen and cheap build quality.