Acer Iconia W4 8 inch Windows tablet with Bay Trail spotted/hands on

Acer's as yet unannounced next gen tablet has been spotted at an unnamed Intel event by a Dutch website who also managed to get some hands on time with the successor to the W3, as well as some interesting specifications for what will be Acer's first 8 inch model.

The new tablet will also include Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student, which is standard for any Windows Tablet under 10 inches, and helps justify the unconfirmed €330 price tag, which translates to around $400 for the U.S. market. There's no word on when this tablet will become available, but if we had to guess it will be anytime after Oct. 18 which is when Windows 8.1 (which also come preloaded) becomes available.

The Windows 8.1 device features an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processor, a better 5 multi-point touch display and an improved battery life.

Specs:

  • Four Bay Trail-cores @ 1,33 GHz (2MB Cache)
  • 2GB (DDR3) RAM
  • 32GB of solid state storage
  • IPS 1280 x 800 pixel display
  • a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • microSD card reader and micro HDMI port
  • 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.

The Dutch site Bouweenpc also reported that after a format of the 32GB SSD, 28.5GB was available, and the fully preloaded example showed 16GB available storage. Click the source link for some additional images.

Source & Image: Bouweenpc (Dutch)

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Their is no way 32GB is going to be enough for full windows use, Windows will grow by itself without hardly installing anything and over time you will hit that 32GB limit with almost nothing installed. the winsxs folder can get to be over 12Gb itself just.

My gripe? The missing hyphen in the title and story; it should read "8-inch" and not "8 inch" since it is within a sentence or sentence fragment.

If it were merely a tech spec, however, then the absence of the hyphen would be acceptable since it is a singular measurement accompanied by a singular measurement unit.

It's the worst kind of inconsistent lag. Just look at the difference in delay when switching between Vertical to Horizontal and Horizontal to Vertical. Since there is no predictability in the input delay, usage will be very frustrating.

Then again, I don't see why Acer would care to make the experience better than their cheap Netbooks - the only thing they're shooting for is a low price point to push units, and they'll cut every corner possible to get there.

I hope that this 2mb of cache can compare to a core 2 duo mobile back from 2007-2008. If that's the case, then I can consider buying one of those tablets.

I still have my lappy with a T8300 and still kicks Full HD videos... And taking that tablet into consideration: I could do some CAD, programming, HD videos, and more on the go at a cheap price.

The price probably be will be around $330, not $400. Prices in euro are generally with VAT, and 1$ without VAT = 1€ with VAT

Windows 8.1 will overpower the market. All that's left is for apps to come, and I think they will. Still not sold on the phone just yet though.

Has anyone noticed that none of the Baytrail / Haswell tablets are able to match the weight and thickness of Surface 2 ? Look at how chubby this tablet is.. and whats with the ugly stickers ?

I don't think Baytrail requires a fan but my point is Intel processors aren't there yet . Add this to the set of reasons where Windows Rt needs to exist.

StandingInAlley said,
Just checked some benchmarks and BayTrail is roughly 30% slower than Snapdragon 800 and Tegra4.

What benchmarks did you check out? Because those numbers are wrong.

See, people want to say the Surface 2 is to much but for the hardware I think it's better than something like this, you still get office on RT though you give up some desktop app compatibility. But what sort of desktop apps do people plan to use on a 8" device in the end?

And why do OEMs go with the lower res? For $400, if that's the price, they should've done full HD at least. I question these OEMs at times, the W3 should never have happened to begin with.

Agreed. These Baytrail-based tablets aren't capable of running desktop applications in any useful, meaningful sense so you might as well stick with ARM anyway.

jakem1 said,
Agreed. These Baytrail-based tablets aren't capable of running desktop applications in any useful, meaningful sense so you might as well stick with ARM anyway.

Sure they are... plug in a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and you're off. Then unplug it from all that and take it to the couch for some light surfing.

I wonder how many people have actually tried hooking up a bay trail system to a monitor/kb/mouse and getting real work done. I have tried it and it falls apart VERY quick. Everything slows down to a crawl and is completely unusable. About the only thing it does well is video playback. CPU stuff like gimp/photoshop and video editors are useless and don't even think about any kind of gaming, even metro games lag on 1080p monitors.

rfirth said,

Sure they are... plug in a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and you're off. Then unplug it from all that and take it to the couch for some light surfing.

It's not that you can't plug them into peripherals, it's more that I don't have much faith in the ability of Atom processors to perform well enough to run desktop apps smoothly. I know that Bay Trail Atom can't be compared to original Atom but I still think that there will be a limit to its usefulness.

Justin Jones said,
I wonder how many people have actually tried hooking up a bay trail system to a monitor/kb/mouse and getting real work done. I have tried it and it falls apart VERY quick. Everything slows down to a crawl and is completely unusable. About the only thing it does well is video playback. CPU stuff like gimp/photoshop and video editors are useless and don't even think about any kind of gaming, even metro games lag on 1080p monitors.

No one running Photoshop or gaming hardcore is going to use an 8 inch tablet, anyway. For getting NORMAL everyday work, like Word, Excel, email, browsing, etc., these tablets are perfectly fine. Especially the Bay Trail stuff. I had an HP ElitePad for a while and that thing ran stuff fairly well.

farmeunit said,

No one running Photoshop or gaming hardcore is going to use an 8 inch tablet, anyway. For getting NORMAL everyday work, like Word, Excel, email, browsing, etc., these tablets are perfectly fine. Especially the Bay Trail stuff. I had an HP ElitePad for a while and that thing ran stuff fairly well.

All of which can be done on Windows RT which brings us back to the point of the thread.

farmeunit said,

No one running Photoshop or gaming hardcore is going to use an 8 inch tablet, anyway. For getting NORMAL everyday work, like Word, Excel, email, browsing, etc., these tablets are perfectly fine. Especially the Bay Trail stuff. I had an HP ElitePad for a while and that thing ran stuff fairly well.

Even the games and photo/video editors on the metro side run like crap in that set up. I had better performance out of my surfacert hooked up to everything than atom. The only good side is atom completes some tasks a tiny bit faster. But the tegra in a surfacert kills it in gaming and just about everything else when hooked up as a desktop.

Sadly it is a repeat of the netbook days imo.

Justin Jones said,
I wonder how many people have actually tried hooking up a bay trail system to a monitor/kb/mouse and getting real work done. I have tried it and it falls apart VERY quick

So you've used a Bay Trail Win8 tablet when none of these are even out yet? Riiiight. You seem to be getting Bay Trail confused with Clover Trail Win 8 tablets. Bay Trail is a completely new architecture and faster than literally any ARM based tablet (on the CPU side).

Bay Trail is easily capable of doing desktop work most people do - like Office. It can also run Metro games at 1080p as early benchmarks have shown.

NoClipMode said,

So you've used a Bay Trail Win8 tablet when none of these are even out yet? Riiiight. You seem to be getting Bay Trail confused with Clover Trail Win 8 tablets. Bay Trail is a completely new architecture and faster than literally any ARM based tablet (on the CPU side).

Bay Trail is easily capable of doing desktop work most people do - like Office. It can also run Metro games at 1080p as early benchmarks have shown.

I was comparing it to the w3 with the horrible screen. I guess that's clover trail? I got confused a bit.

Neobond said,
These companies (Acer, Dell, HP and others) have abandoned RT but no-one has committed to getting out of Windows 8.1 afaik?

Well Acer and HP never RT tablets so they can't abandon it because they were never in to begin with.