8.1-inch Acer Windows 8 tablet shows up for $379.99 pre-order [Update]

Last week, images hit the Internet of an alleged and upcoming 8-inch Windows 8 tablet made by Acer. The company made a number of Windows 8 product announcements today, but the tablet was not among them. That has not stopped Amazon.com from already posting up a pre-order page for the tablet, however.

The product page for the Acer Iconia W3 claims the 8.1-inch tablet has a display resolution of 1280x800 and costs $379.99, although that price could be altered when Acer officially reveals the product. The listing shows it has an Intel Atom A4 processor running at 1.5 GHz. along with 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage, though the amount of usable storage is likely much smaller because of the amount of space Windows 8 takes up.

The listing claims the Iconia W3 has up to eight hours of battery life and weighs 1.1 pounds. That's presumably without the optional keyboard accessory that has been seen in other leaked pictures of the tablet. It also claims that Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 is installed, although that might be a trial version.

Neowin has emailed Acer for more information, as the company has yet to officially announce the tablet.

Update: That was quick; Amazon has now pulled that Amazon.com listing off their site.

Source: Amazon.com via Engadget | Image via Acer

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TheCyberKnight said,
It is an x86 CPU and it does run the full Windows 8. It is built around an Atom Z2760.

I'm hoping it comes with Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, as although it has an x86 CPU in, it is an Intel Atom SoC. A number of the tablets that run on Atom SoC's run Windows RT rather than full Windows 8/Windows 8 Pro. If you look here on Wikipedia, you'll see a list of tablets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_(system_on_chip). Specifically at the Atom Z2760 information. It lists the tablets there.

Fingers crossed!!!

What are you talking about!!!! RT is for ARM. Atom im afraid is a full blown x86 processor, although a crappy one. I have never read any briefs or papers from Microsoft suggesting an x86 compatible RT version of Win8. People dont seem to understand this concept.

I don't know if you had the chance to try the Acer W510. I did and was surprised by the Z2760.
It is in no way a desktop class machine but it is pleasantly smooth. I don't think "crappy" applies to the Z2760 considering how low power it is and how good the battery life you get with it.
GPU is the weak spot but nothing catastrophic.

will it have full desktop windows?

I want a smaller windows tablet which is able to run full MS office, especially MS excel and Outlook.

if the answer is yes then I am totally gonna buy this one.

TheCyberKnight said,
It is an x86 CPU and it does run the full Windows 8. It is built around an Atom Z2760.

I'm hoping it comes with Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, as although it has an x86 CPU in, it is an Intel Atom SoC. A number of the tablets that run on Atom SoC's run Windows RT rather than full Windows 8/Windows 8 Pro. If you look here on Wikipedia, you'll see a list of tablets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_(system_on_chip). Specifically at the Atom Z2760 information. It lists the tablets there.

Fingers crossed!!!

Good Start, but either needs a lower price or better specs. Everyone I know, myself included, just wants the detachable screen, Windows, touch screen, decent processor and battery 8 hours for around $500. This machine is a lure.

Not sure if you could live with a desktop mode on that small screen. Also, perhaps Windows RT is a better route?

cetla said,
Not sure if you could live with a desktop mode on that small screen. Also, perhaps Windows RT is a better route?

If it can export to a 20" or so monitor, then it can replace many peoples current setup.

cetla said,
Not sure if you could live with a desktop mode on that small screen. Also, perhaps Windows RT is a better route?

This doesn't have quite the pixel density of the Surface Pro, so objects won't look as tiny as it does on the Surface Pro in 100% scaling.

This is basically an Acer W510 in a smaller body.
The price is fairly interesting but will hardly compete with the lower-end but still decent 7" Android tablets (below $200).
Meanwhile, it's a step in the good direction.

Dot Matrix said,

Just remember: You get what you pay for.

Exactly. People buy at the bottom $ and wonder why it's crap.

[quote=hagjohn said,]

Keep in mind, a 32GB iPad mini is $429. Not all that higher than this. Yes, the functionality is completely different, but from a consumer perspective, if a $380 Windows tablet sucks and a $430 Apple tablet meets expectations, Windows is a fail for them. The extra $50 wouldn't have made that Acer suddenly awesome.

Dot Matrix said,

Just remember: You get what you pay for.

Not always... I wouldn't say buying an iOS or Windows/Nokia worth the money they ask for... There's is Apple's markup and Microsoft's silliness in the middle. And some sheeps who blindly support. Did you forget those?