Acer’s 8-inch Windows 8 tablet to hit retail stores in June for $379

by Doug Drinkwater

June 3 2013

After months of speculation and sneak peeks, Acer officially unveiled the Iconia W3 at its press conference at Computex in Taiwan.

Acer confirmed that the Iconia W3, the first Windows 8 tablet with a display under 10-inches, has an 8.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution screen, Intel’s dual-core 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 processor and comes with 32GB or 64GB of memory.

There are connections for micro HDMI, micro USB and a headphone jack, while the slate offers front and rear-facing 2MP cameras.

The tablet apparently has a battery life of eight hours and also comes with Office Home and Student 2013 pre-installed, a boon considering that isn’t available on Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet.

Acer says that the tablet will start from $379 and will go on sale in June. The tablet will go up for pre-order on Amazon, Microsoft’s retail stores and online at Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples and Wal-Mart on Tuesday.

Buyers will be able to equip the tablet with the optional Bluetooth keyboard.

The Iconia W3 isn’t the only new product on offer from Acer at the Taipei show this week. The Taiwanese firm has also announced new S3 and S7 Ultrabooks -- both which feature Intel's latest Haswell CPU -- as well as its first phablet, the 5.7-inch Liquid S1.

Having hinted at phablets back at the Mobile World Congress in February, Acer has confirmed the Liquid S1 and says that the model boasts a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

It also comes with Acer’s own Float user interface, which is geared up to allow better multi-tasking, and dual-facing cameras. The model is expected to hit the market in Q3 of this year.

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