Acer discounts 8-inch Windows 8 tablet as new model approaches the horizon

by Doug Drinkwater

August 5 2013

You can now buy the 32GB Iconia W3 tablet for just $299.
You can now buy the 32GB Iconia W3 tablet for just $299.

The first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet may be confined to history books after little more than two months on the market. Acer has cut the price of the 32GB edition from $380 to $299, while the 64GB model is now selling for $349.

The tablets can now be found at the aforementioned prices on Microsoft Store as well as other retailers like Amazon and Staples, and the deals would seem to indicate that a new model is approaching.

A senior Acer official last month told a German website that the firm was preparing to launch the second-generation tablet in September. Acer spokesman Sterre Swank said that the follow-up model would be a thinner, lighter and would also offer an improved IPS display.

This came as something of a surprise, not least because Acer only launched the Iconia W3 in June. The current Iconia W3 boasts an 8.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a dual-core Intel Atom 1.8GHz Z2760 processor, dual-facing cameras (both 2MP) and connections for micro USB, micro HDMI and micro SD.

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