Rumor: Acer Iconia W3 to get a new version with an IPS display [Update]

Acer's Iconia W3 went on sale in June as the first Windows 8 tablet with an 8.1 inch display. However, the reviews have not been as good as expected, part of the reason was the low resolution 1280x800 display. Now two reports claim that Acer is planning to release a new version of the tablet with a better IPS display.

One of the reports comes from the Dutch language site Tablet Guide, which claims that some retailers in the Netherlands have already stopped selling the Iconia W3. Another report, from Tweakers.net, claims that the successor to the Iconia W3 will be released in September with an improved IPS LCD screen. The same report, which claims to have heard this news from an Acer spokesperson, also states that the improved tablet will be thinner and lighter than the current Iconia W3. We have contacted Acer reps in the US to confirm these reports.

So far, no other PC maker has officially announced plans to offer a Windows 8 tablet that's smaller than 10.1 inches. In June, Microsoft showed off an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet from Lenovo called the Mix at Computex but so far the company has yet to announce the product on its own.

Update: An Acer spokesperson has told Neowin that rumors of the company discontinuing the Iconia W3 are "false". As far as future versions of the tablet, the spokesperson stated, "We don’t comment about future product plans."

Source: Tweakers.net and Tablet Guide

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One thing I've noticed about the screen is that the viewing angles are bad when the screen is in landscape. Flip it portrait and you'll be able to see 170 degrees. I think the screen is coated with something and THAT'S the problem.
I wonder if one could replace the front with glass or something...

The screen resolution on it is perfectly fine. It's the screen quality that sucks. Awful color, viewing angle, uneven brightness, etc. It's just an awful screen. But at 8 inches, 1280x800 is not bad at all (higher DPI than iPad Mini, for example).

They never should've went to market with such a device, no way someone didn't point out the poor screen on this before it made it to retail. I think Acer tried to jump in on the 8" windows tablet market before other OEMs but now will end up spending more to replace the W3 with a W3.1 or w/e which will have the kind of screen the W3 should've had from the start.

Other OEMs are waiting for Windows 8.1 at least, Acer going with 8.0 also doesn't make much sense since that version isn't optimized for the smaller screens.

yardmanflex said,
for $130 from where?

I guess they tagged it wrong, at my local Staples. I should have bought it on the spot lol I just looked up the actual price my god lol

heatlesssun said,
If this is true it's nice to Acer respond so quickly. I wonder if they will also get this running on Bay Trail as fast.

They shouldn't have even tried to sell the W3 as it is, how did no one point out that bad screen before it went to market? I have a feeling Acer jumped the gun on the 8" Windows tablet front and rushed to market before other OEMs who are going to go with Windows 8.1 for their smaller tablets. Now they're left with stock no one wants it seems and they have to replace those with newer ones with a better screen. How much of a hit is this going to cost them in the end?

GP007 said,

They shouldn't have even tried to sell the W3 as it is, how did no one point out that bad screen before it went to market? I have a feeling Acer jumped the gun on the 8" Windows tablet front and rushed to market before other OEMs who are going to go with Windows 8.1 for their smaller tablets. Now they're left with stock no one wants it seems and they have to replace those with newer ones with a better screen. How much of a hit is this going to cost them in the end?

Absolutely right! When I got that tablet at Build, I kept trying to clean off the screen! Then I thought there was something wrong with it, so I asked to compare it to other attendees'. Otherwise, the device was decent, so it was a shame they ruined it with that awful screen.

I agree, but coming back and rectifying the problem is better than not. If Acer were to offer a free switch to the new device that would be great.