Acer confirms Windows 8 tablet specifications and pricing in New Zealand


After the Acer Roadmap leaked yesterday, pricing also came out of the woodwork, and it was extremely disappointing to see devices supposedly going for US$800. Today, it seems like Acer has confirmed the official pricing for their other Windows 8 devices, the Iconia tablet line up.

Paul Spain at Tech Jungle reports today that Acer confirmed detailed pricing and specifications to him this week, which seemingly places the lower end tablet -- the Iconia W510 -- at US$712 at launch. We've seen the W510 and the W700 before, back in June, but since then we haven't heard much more. Now we know detailed specifications for the devices, as well as the specific pricing. 

The Iconia Tab W510 comes with a 64GB SSD, an Intel Atom 2760 1.5GHz processor, MicroSD slot, a 10.1" IPS 1366 x 768 display, front 2MP and rear facing 8MP webcams, and supposedly achieves up to 9 hours of battery life while managing to weigh in at just under 600 grams. Not a bad device for the price, considering it also features Windows 8 Professional. Unfortunately, the keyboard dock is an additional cost.

At the higher end, the Iconia Tab W700 features a 128GB SSD, Intel Core i5 3317U at 1.7GHz, a 11.6" Full HD IPS display, front 1080P(!) camera and rear 720p camera, with up to 8 hours of battery life while weighing just 950 grams. It too features full-blown Windows 8 Professional, but doesn't have a MicroSD slot like the Iconia W510. As with the W510, the keyboard accessory (in this case a bluetooth keyboard) is not included and is an additional cost.

The pricing in the above table includes tax, but when it is removed and converted into US dollars, the Iconia Tab W700 costs around $1260 without the keyboard, and the Iconia Tab is around $710. This makes the lower-end Iconia Tab a close contender for the iPad, with the iPad 3 currently retailing for $499 in the US.

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I have the keyboard but I cant find my screen, have you seen my screen?
I wish I did not leave my keyboard at the office I so need it now.

$1.8K for an i5 - wow! I knew they were going to be expensive, but not that expensive. I think those macbooks are looking evermore attractive in comparison.

simplezz said,
$1.8K for an i5 - wow! I knew they were going to be expensive, but not that expensive. I think those macbooks are looking evermore attractive in comparison.

The lowest end 15" Macbook on Apple's New Zealand website is over a grand more expensive.

I don't understand why they didn't make a keyboard dock for the W700 like the W510 and most of the other Windows 8 slates have. That pretty much guarantees I won't buy it.
Whoever can make a Windows 8 slate with Wacom pen, a keyboard dock which doubles as a secondary battery, and at least 8GB RAM gets my money.

mrp04 said,
I don't understand why they didn't make a keyboard dock for the W700 like the W510 and most of the other Windows 8 slates have. That pretty much guarantees I won't buy it.
Whoever can make a Windows 8 slate with Wacom pen, a keyboard dock which doubles as a secondary battery, and at least 8GB RAM gets my money.

I am more ambivalent about the 'docks' as I would rather supply my own peripherals. I know the docks have extra battery and some offer more ports along with the keyboard.

However, I like the ability to just pick the bluetooth (or other wireless) keyboard I like and throw that in the bag. This way I don't have to compromise or adapt to various keyboards.

I agree that a stylus/digitizer should be the 'normal' for Windows 8 Pro, as there are so many advantages to having handwriting and pressure sensitive drawing painting available.

(However, remember that this is what hurt TabletPC, as the digitizer class screens are more pricey than the lower touch resolution screens that made the iPad cheap. So until their commonality hits, I am ok with MFRs doing touch only and trying to remain in the iPad price point.)

I wouldn't be surprised to find that fringe stylus technologies get a bounce for devices that don't have a digitizer class screen. Since W8 Pro has USB, there are wireless imaging based Stylus technologies that could work on any screen.

Stylus, agree completely. Keyboard dock, I just don't care since you can pair any bluetooth or other keyboard with the device.

This makes the lower-end Iconia Tab a close contender for the iPad, with the iPad 3 currently retailing for $699 in the US.

The only difference being that the W510 uses a crappy Atom CPU, and while it is better than the iPad's ARM CPU, software for the iPad is optimized for that architecture (games in particular), while with this, just about anything that is not some metro UI RSS reader would suffer.

@Leo said,

The only difference being that the W510 uses a crappy Atom CPU, and while it is better than the iPad's ARM CPU, software for the iPad is optimized for that architecture (games in particular), while with this, just about anything that is not some metro UI RSS reader would suffer.

Tell me more about how you've actually used a clover trail Atom CPU before. Please.

FalseAgent said,

Tell me more about how you've actually used a clover trail Atom CPU before. Please.

Dont you know. All Crapple fanboys claim to know everything about tech, yet prove they know nothing since theyre Crapply fans.

FalseAgent said,

Tell me more about how you've actually used a clover trail Atom CPU before. Please.

Tell me more about how it won't be an underpowered, ULV x86 processor.

Oh, wait...

@Leo said,

The only difference being that the W510 uses a crappy Atom CPU, and while it is better than the iPad's ARM CPU, software for the iPad is optimized for that architecture (games in particular), while with this, just about anything that is not some metro UI RSS reader would suffer.

I really don't like Win8, seriously... but comparing ARM processors against ATOM?.... x86 wins.

Beyond Godlike said,

Dont you know. All Crapple fanboys claim to know everything about tech, yet prove they know nothing since theyre Crapply fans.


Has nothing to do with Apple, you troll. The article mentioned iPad, so I used that. Had Android tablets actually offered an alternative, and that alternative was used in the article, I'd have mentioned that instead. Still, fact remains, regardless if iOS or Android tablet, software is optimized for the ARM CPU, whereas it is not for these underpowered CPUs.

But why am I bothering with you? Judging by your English, you are just a child or hurrdurr.

Arceles said,

I really don't like Win8, seriously... but comparing ARM processors against ATOM?.... x86 wins.


I didn't say it doesn't. But software is actually optimized for ARM. Have you used an ATOM netbook? Anything more than a browser, and it starts to sweat. This has nothing to do with Windows 8 or our hate for it.

@Leo said,

I didn't say it doesn't. But software is actually optimized for ARM. Have you used an ATOM netbook? Anything more than a browser, and it starts to sweat. This has nothing to do with Windows 8 or our hate for it.

Have you used Metro apps on Atom? I haven't so I can't say that it's fast or not, but Metro apps are very simple and I assume they'd run just as well as iPad apps do.

@Leo said,

Tell me more about how it won't be an underpowered, ULV x86 processor.

Oh, wait...


Yes, because all x86 computers need a core i7 to function as a facebook machine.

@Leo said,

I didn't say it doesn't. But software is actually optimized for ARM. Have you used an ATOM netbook? Anything more than a browser, and it starts to sweat. This has nothing to do with Windows 8 or our hate for it.

You've not even used a Clover Trail Atom and assume you know exactly how it performs, when it's a considerable performance bump over previous Atoms.

@Leo said,

The only difference being that the W510 uses a crappy Atom CPU, and while it is better than the iPad's ARM CPU, software for the iPad is optimized for that architecture (games in particular), while with this, just about anything that is not some metro UI RSS reader would suffer.

First funny... iOS is optimized for that architecture? Have you used an iPad? Do this, open a 50mb spreadsheet in Numbers on the iPad, and scroll to the bottom. I'll wait, cause it will take you several minutes.

Even Windows 7 on the older Atom 270 were rated at 15 times the performance of the iPad2 for web browsing, and that is without IE9 and additional GPU acceleration.

The way Windows, and more importantly NT is desgined, it is written to a common architecture model that is optimized through the HAL. This is not only why Windows NT is far easier to port, but also why it requires less code changes and runs faster on various platforms. See the HAL can be highly optimized, giving NT amazing performance, where other OSes like Linux/Android XNU/iOS require direct code changes and rewritten code for optimization, which takes a lot of time, and why this is seldom done fully, leaving the OS performing less than optimally on any non-native platform.

So even comparing Windows 8 RT on ARM to the iPad on equal hardware, Windows 8 RT (aka NT) is going to out perform the lower end OS easily.

Go find the first demonstration videos of Windows 8 on ARM, where Microsoft demonstrated Word and Excel that were quick ARM ports of Office 2010. Notice that on the hardware, the same class as the iPad 2 at the time, and notice how fast the FULL versions of Word and Excel perform.

Now go back to the Numbers spreadsheet test, notice a difference? Here is a low level OS with a low level spreadsheet that in theory should be fast and light, compared to a full OS (NT) and the most complex spreadsheet software (Excel) and the Windows 8 on ARM running Excel is significantly faster than iOS running numbers.

As for 'games' do you realize that Windows RT, let alone Windows Pro can and DOES run the full versions of graphics engines? Yet you state 'games in particular' is better on the iPad and more optimized. The iPad cannot even run the same class of games, where the RT and Pro versions of Windows 8 can and do run full game engines.

Find the Windows RT Unreal Engine 3 demo, it is the full version, not a reduced feature version to fit the lower end iOS and OpenGL ES features of the iPad.

While the iPad is running low resolution texture NFS games and Angry Birds, the Windows RT tablets will be running games on par with the XBox 360 graphically.

Windows Pro tablets ALREADY are running games at the DX11 level, and can run things like Crysis 2, in addition to ANY GAME currently being sold for Windows.

Do you realize how many games are made for Windows that just already run and play well?

Do you realize that 99% of these games will NEVER be seen on the iPad due to its inability to run them?

How about this? Go find a game on IGN, any game. There are Tablets you can buy today can play them ALL.

Windows 8 Tablets are just an evolutionary step, and comparing that i5 Tablet listed here will run any Windows based game as well.

So iPad and Gaming in same sentence, and then slapping at Windows 8 tablets? Wow, that is borderline crazy.

And speaking of Borderline 2, it plays on our Windows 8 tablets we already have, we are also playing Mass Effect 3 on our tablets, and Guild Wars 2, SWTOR, DCUO, and we have a few techs that still play WoW on our Windows 8 tablets.

So explain to me how the iPad that cannot run ANY of these games should even be mentioned in the same sentence?

Really?

And considering almost all mobile devices that release in NZ cost a good $100 more expensive than their US counterparts it could perhaps be even cheaper than what's predicted.