Acer officially reveals 8-inch Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 tablet

In June, Acer released the Iconia W3, the very first Windows 8 tablet with an 8-inch screen. However, the reviews of the device were on the negative side and soon rumors began that Acer was planning to launch an improved version of the W3. A couple of weeks ago, that tablet was apparently outed at an Intel event with the name: Iconia W4.

Today, Acer made the W4 official, stating it would start shipping in the U.S. and Taiwan in October, and in Japan in November. Like the W3, the W4 has an 8-inch screen but this time there's an IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800. It has an 1.8 GHz Intel Atom "Bay Trail" processor inside. There's also a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.

The W4 will have 2 GB of RAM and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage, along with battery life of up to eight hours. In many respects it is very similar to the Lenovo Miix2 tablet that was announced on Wednesday, although the W4 is a tad heavier at .91 pounds. However, Acer is offering some nice optional accessories for the Iconia W4, including the Crunch Keyboard, a full keyboard thats been put in a leather cover which also folds into a tablet stand.

The price of the 32GB model will be $329.99 while the 64GB version of the Iconia W4 will sell for $379.99.

Source: Acer | Image via Computerworld

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These crappier tablets will be tossed out by Amazon's HDX's. These guys aren't selling hardware to sell services to make money, they're selling hardware to make money.

I like these 8 inch tablets but I need at least 4GB ram and would much prefer Haswell cpu.

I love my surface pro right now but what I really want is an 8 inch surface pro, same specs but with 8 hrs battery.

Basically shrink the Surface Pro 2 down to 8 inches please and sell it for $350

swanlee said,
I like these 8 inch tablets but I need at least 4GB ram and would much prefer Haswell cpu.

I love my surface pro right now but what I really want is an 8 inch surface pro, same specs but with 8 hrs battery.

Basically shrink the Surface Pro 2 down to 8 inches please and sell it for $350

Seriously..
you think that if they made the surface pro 2 a few inches smaller it would cut the price from 899 to 350?!?

for haswell 8 hours of battery, the 8 inch tablet would be like 2 inches thick..

No swanlee, what we need is an 8" screen at 4096×2160, a dual quadcore i7 processors, 8 months battery life, 6TB of RAM, and dual 64EB SSDs.

Basically shrink a futuristic desktop system, fuel cell and a 60" LCD display down to 8" please, and sell it for $12.

Mr_Self_Destruct said,
Is there an OEM that Microsoft fans actually like?

At this point... I'd say Microsoft hardware and Nokia hardware.

Mr_Self_Destruct said,
Is there an OEM that Microsoft fans actually like?

I actually like Acer if you buy their medium price stuff and not the absolute cheapest... They are so affordable but the only problem I have found is their screens being so washed out.. That is a problem that is hopefully fix with using ips screens.

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yowanvista said,
Only 2GB of RAM? This is a joke right? Open a few browser windows and see how the memory usage skyrockets.

2gb of ram is plenty... Windows 8.1 footprint is tiny and metro / modern apps are light and carded out when not in foreground or running background tasks

spudtrooper said,

2gb of ram is plenty... Windows 8.1 footprint is tiny and metro / modern apps are light and carded out when not in foreground or running background tasks


I'm mostly referring to desktop Apps, 2GB these days is barely gonna make it. I don't get it, RAM is dirty cheap these days. 4GB would have been acceptable imho.

yowanvista said,

I'm mostly referring to desktop Apps, 2GB these days is barely gonna make it. I don't get it, RAM is dirty cheap these days. 4GB would have been acceptable imho.

Though it could be said that if you need more than 2GB of RAM then you should probably stay away from Bay Trail.

Justin Jones said,
The asus t100 is such a better deal than this thing.

true but that is a 10.1 inch device vs an 8inch device.. kinda like comparing the ipad vs ipad mini.. the bigger one always wins in productivity but the smaller one always wins in portability.

Another 1280x800 res display? Are the costs for a higher res screen that much higher that they don't want to do one or something? I mean what would the price difference actually be if this came with a 1920x1200 display instead?

GP007 said,
Another 1280x800 res display? Are the costs for a higher res screen that much higher that they don't want to do one or something? I mean what would the price difference actually be if this came with a 1920x1200 display instead?

It's to justify charging $500 for a 1080p 8" tablet in the future.

Figure 8 Dash said,

It's to justify charging $500 for a 1080p 8" tablet in the future.

You're pretty much dead on, it's a shame though.

I imagine battery life is a big part of it too. The larger res will take a chunk out of the life. I'm personally happy with 1280x800 for a 8" display. I am more happy to see (hopefully) a good ips panel being used. Not some rubbish TN.

Hopefully after looking at this design people will see why the Surface is a premium and more expensive device.

Sadly a bit late and not in the same class as other 8" tablets recently announced.

Be sure to check out some of the other 8" tablets being announced and released, they have some advantages with regard to weight, stylus options, etc.

They could save Millions by paying me a million or two so I can design their tablets. This company is horrible with all their hardware with the Exception of their latest Ultrabook.

coderchi said,
They could save Millions by paying me a million or two so I can design their tablets. This company is horrible with all their hardware with the Exception of their latest Ultrabook.

Why?

What would you do different? Bear in mind you cannot copy.

stevember said,

Why?

What would you do different? Bear in mind you cannot copy.

Maybe start off with making the edges flatter? Get rid of that ugly space under the screen on the bottom. Remove the huge Acer logos for something more subtle. Make the bezel thinner.

MidTxWRX said,

Maybe start off with making the edges flatter? Get rid of that ugly space under the screen on the bottom. Remove the huge Acer logos for something more subtle. Make the bezel thinner.

Yeah I guess. /hides