Acer could beat out Microsoft and launch the first sub-10-inch Windows 8 tablet, according to new leaked photographs.
French-language website minimachines posted a number of purported images on a new 8-inch Windows 8 tablet from Acer yesterday, only to quickly withdraw these images after a request from the Taiwanese vendor.
Leaked specs accompanied the pictures and revealed that the tablet, which is said to be called the Iconia W3, has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display, the Intel “Clover Trail” Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, 2GB of memory and front and rear cameras.
The device is also said to run full-fat Windows 8, which may come as some surprise given the hype around the possibility of smaller and cheaper tablets running Windows Blue, the next big update for the operating system.
Microsoft has as good as confirmed that smaller Windows 8 tablets will launch later in the year, while other reports suggest that the Silicon Valley giant started working on a 7-inch Surface tablet after the launch of Apple’s iPad mini.
Should Acer’s Iconia W3 make it to market before Microsoft’s device, it would certainly be a blow to the Redmond firm, which ensured that the 10-inch Surface was the first Windows 8 tablet to launch back in October.
Any smaller Windows 8 tablets will be expected to market at considerably cheaper than their 10—inch counterparts, which generally sell for around $599.
Topeka Capital Brian White recently said that Microsoft is cutting Windows 8 tablet licensee fees to OEMs to ensure cheaper retail prices, while Intel CEO Paul Otellini has hinted that Windows 8 tablets could drop to $200 in the future.