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.
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.