Acer has announced the Acer Iconia W3 in Europe that operates on the Windows 8 platform and offers various freebies from Microsoft. The tablet is the first of its kind to come with the OS in question and an 8.1-inch touchscreen combination.
The Acer Iconia W3 basically aims to deliver a full PC experience combined with a host of entertainment features, and the convenience of single hand use under a single roof. The company asserts that the device is compact and highly portable, allowing owners to access desktop applications, read content and browse the web on the move.
Bundled with the Acer Iconia W3 is the Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 suite which is valued at $139.99. It includes applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. For enhanced productivity, users can purchase the optional full-size Bluetooth keyboard for convenient text input. Additionally, the accessory also doubles as a dock for keeping the tablet in an upright position.
The Acer Iconia W3 is approximately 0.45 inches thick and it tips the scales at 1.10 pounds. The front dons an 8.1-inch LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and there are dual 2MP cameras, one on the rear with the other above the touchscreen. Doing the heavy lifting on the inside is an Intel Atom Z2760 processor. Other components comprise of a micro-HDMI port, a micro-USB slot, 32GB microSD support and options of 32GB or 64GB of storage. On a single charge, users can expect up to 8 hours of battery life.
The Iconia W3 is scheduled to go up for preorder starting tomorrow. It will be available through Microsoft retail and online stores as well as other outlets such as Amazon, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples and Walmart amongst others. Where a price is concerned, it will sell for €329 (32GB) and €379 (64GB), while the keyboard dock comes for €69.
Here’s a quick overview of the specifications:
– 8.1-inch LED-backlit HD display
– Windows 8 OS
– Intel Atom Z2760 CPU
– 32GB or 64GB internal storage
– Memory expandability up to 32GB
– Micro-HDMI, micro-USB, Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n
– 540 grams weight and 11.35mm depth
– Up to 8 hours of battery life