Dutch tech website Bouweenpc.nl got the chance to go hands-on with the device and detailed how the model has, as rumoured, an improved “wide view angle” (probably IPS) 1280 x 800 resolution display, Windows 8.1 and the new 1.33GHz Atom Z3740 processor.
The tablet will reportedly still come with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Acer only launched the Iconia W3 in June but the tablet was slammed for its poor screen, cheap build and weak cameras. Rumors on a successor first came to light in July.
Well-regarded Windows blogger Paul Thurrott posted what appears to be promotional image on WinSuperSite and detailed that the ‘Sirius’ tablet has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display, the quad-core Qualcomm 8974 processor and a battery life of around 10 hours. The slate will however apparently retail for a pricey $499.
Not content with detailing just one product however, Thurrott went onto reveal information on numerous other new Windows 8 tablets – including a successor to Acer’s Iconia W3, Dell’s new Venue tablets, Microsoft’s new Surface slates and Lenovo’s Miix 8.
CITEworld reports that the Netherlands-based PaceBlade Technology started developing a digital flight bag for 8-inch Windows 8 after several fighter pilots asked for their assistance.
The firm’s CTO Erik Cornelisse, who has previously served as a military pilot, said that pilots found the normal iPad to be “too big” and the iPad mini to be too small. They also apparently found that both iOS devices gave them little control over content, and had reservations over data security.
As a result, the firm is now apparently working on a digital flight bag for Acer’s recently-launched Iconia W3, the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, which will [...]
Acer spokesman Sterre Swank told German tech website Tweakers.net that a thinner, lighter build will be coming in September, possibly with an improved IPS display. The current model offers a 1280 x 800 resolution screen.
The company has refused to comment publicly on the matter, although presumably a hi-res screen would see the tablet’s price jump up from $380 for the first-generation model, which only launched in June.
The 32GB version starts from $350 at Office Depot and Staples, while the 64GB model is only available for online pre-order at Office Depot.
The Iconia W3 was leaked months before it was officially announced and it sports a 1280 x 800 resolution display, a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM and front and rear facing cameras.
The slate also offers connections for micro USB, micro HDMI and microSD and comes pre-installed with Office Home and Student 2013. Acer estimates the model’s battery life to be around eight hours.
Local newspaper The Australian writes that 11,327 Iconia W701 tablets will be given to year nine students, with another 2,665 to be handed out to other high-school students in the area.
Each tablet comes with a four-year warranty and 3G mobile broadband. Educators said that the latter was particularly vital as they are insistent on students being able to access all learning resources at all times.
QDETE chief information officer David O’Hagan has valued the deal at $12.9 million. The contract has been funded in-part by a government initiative (the National Secondary School Computer Fund) which is aiming to increase the number of computers in schools.
Greek blog Techblog.gr reports that Acer is prepping a Windows 8 tablet with an 11.6-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution display, an Intel Haswell processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Acer unveiled two convertible Windows 8 tablets in New York earlier this month and is also said to be close to launching the 8-inch Iconia W3, which also runs Windows 8.
The Iconia W3 appeared on Acer’s Finland website over the weekend, with the product page revealing that the tablet will have an 8.1-inch 1280 x 768 resolution display, the Intel Atom Z2760 CPU, 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage.
The website also details that the WiFi-only model will run Windows 8 Pro, have an eight-hour battery life and boast connections for micro-HDMI and micro-USB, but doesn't mention price or availability.
In the past, purported images and specs on the Iconia W3 have shown up online and the tablet was even listed for sale on Amazon. The only difference this time is that Acer appears to be in no rush to remove the [...]
The mistake might been as a result of confusion (on someone’s part) over what Acer was officially releasing. Earlier today, Acer announced several new tablet models, but the Acer Iconia W3-810-1600 was not among them; that’s the model with an 8.1-inch screen.
To date, Windows 8 tablets have been 10.1-inches are larger, but Microsoft has released newer developer tools that will enable the OS to run on smaller screen tablets. The first round of Windows 8 tablets were released late last year, just as interest in smaller tablets was starting to take off.
As PC World points out, the specs in the ad indicate an x86 processor for the W3, which means [...]
The tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, offers 8GB of memory, 1GB of RAM and runs Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, while there are connections for HDMI, micro USB and a micro SD card.
The model also features dual-facing cameras and provides 7.5 hours of battery life.
Acer's Iconia A110 debuted at the Computex exhibition in Taiwan in June this year, and is already available through select European retailers, including UK e-tailer eBuyer, which is selling the slate for £179.99 (approximately $290).