Acer's new 8-inch tablets come with Windows or Android, both priced at $150

Earlier today, Toshiba announced one of the most affordable Windows devices ever, the 7-inch Encore Mini tablet, priced at just $119.99. Acer wants a piece of the action too, though, and has just unveiled its own low-cost Windows tablet. 

In fact, Acer revealed two devices today: the Iconia Tab 8 W, which runs Windows 8.1 with Bing; and the identical Iconia One Tab 8, which comes with Android 4.4 KitKat. 

As Engadget reports, both tablets feature a quad-core Intel Atom (Z3735G) processor, along with an 8-inch IPS LCD with 1280x800px resolution, as well as front- and rear-cameras and a microSD slot. Whether you choose the Android version or the one running Windows, the price is the same - they'll go on sale first in Europe next month for €150 EUR, and in the US in November for $150 USD.

The Tab 8 W is the successor to Acer's Iconia W4, which went on sale last year for almost twice the price. The company claims that its new Windows tablet will offer battery life of up to eight hours and, like Toshiba's Encore Mini, it also includes a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal - including 1TB of OneDrive storage - worth $6.99 a month, or $69.99 for a full year. 

Source and images: Engadget

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So how much RAM do these have? Anything less than 2GB for the Windows model
and it'll struggle once you've got a bunch of standard Win32 applications installed.

DJGM said,
So how much RAM do these have? Anything less than 2GB for the Windows model
and it'll struggle once you've got a bunch of standard Win32 applications installed.
Not installed. Running. You're not getting this to play crisis while watching TV on a second monitor while chatting on Vent.

Well, obviously this thing isn't meant for PC gaming, but it'll still struggle once a few
bog-standard Win32 apps are installed and running, especially Mozilla based ones.

If an app runs on Android-x86 (in a VM), will it also run on an Android tablet with an Atom processor? From my understanding, Intel-Android app compatibility is 9/10. I tested one emulator I use a lot in Android-x86 and it seemed to run fine.

68k said,
If an app runs on Android-x86 (in a VM), will it also run on an Android tablet with an Atom processor? From my understanding, Intel-Android app compatibility is 9/10. I tested one emulator I use a lot in Android-x86 and it seemed to run fine.

For any practical purpose, the emulation of ARM is awful.

Would probably get this over the Toshiba if I had to by a tablet for the screen alone.

Plus it looks better than the Toshiba

I wonder if it would be possible to swap roms?

ie, if someone was able to unlock the bootloader, could you buy the android version and export the rom to a backup file, then load that onto a windows version? then you get bored, put windows back on? or even better, dual boot

i was thinking this the other say about the htc m8 phone

Silver47 said,
Wouldn't it make more sense to just run bluestacks on the windows one?
the problem with bluestacks is that it's performance isn't that great, especially on lower end pc.

RichieC said,
Not sure why anyone would buy this when you can get a Nexus 7 with much better specs.
8" screen (vs 7").

macoman said,
Plus Office 365 free for a year!!!

AKA, a year long trial period that by the time is over you're so entrenched in using you feel like it's more a of a hassle to quit using instead of paying for it.