Rumor: First 8-inch Windows 8 tablet revealed?

Last week, Microsoft admitted it was working with PC OEMs to launch a number of Windows 8-based touchscreen products with smaller screens. Today, a French website claims to have what appears to be the first real example of these smaller Windows 8 tablets.

The Minimachines.net website has posted the images of what it says is the Acer Iconia W3, an upcoming Windows 8 tablet that features an 8-inch screen. The site claims the tablet runs on Intel's Atom Z2760 processor with 2 GB of RAM and has front and rear cameras.

The images that have been uploaded to the site include an optional cover that can also be turned into a kickstand for the tablet. There are also images of the tablet connected to a physical keyboard that looks a little on the cramped side. It's possible that the keyboard could also serve as a battery extender for the Iconia W3.

Pricing for the tablet was not revealed in the article, but it claims that the Acer Iconia W3 could go on sale in time for back-to-school shopping. It's likely that this will be the first of many smaller Windows 8 tablets that will start popping up in the coming months.

Source: Minimachines.net via Engadget | Image via Minimachines.net

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Why are the OEM's making Windows hardware products so thick-bold and ugly. Is it hard to make it thin like the ipad mini?

I'm hoping they went with Atom because they needed the full Windows for ink support, meaning there will be an active digitizer as well. Would make sense for targeting the student crowd who are eager to be able to take digital notes on the go. This would be amazing for factor for an artist tablet too. I'll throw my money at them if this is true.

Office will be fun with touch on such a small screen. Actually it would not be fun, it will be useless and horribly frustrating.

derekaw said,
Office will be fun with touch on such a small screen. Actually it would not be fun, it will be useless and horribly frustrating.

I guess if you really want to try office on these then it's up to you because I doubt they will come with office pre-installed. Maybe if we get metro versions of word and so on to go with OneNote mx then ok.

derekaw said,
Office will be fun with touch on such a small screen. Actually it would not be fun, it will be useless and horribly frustrating.

Good thing you can pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse... and external monitor.

I would love this. These 7" and 8" tablets fit my hands like a glove (although NO ONE makes a glove that fits my hand off the shelf). I love this form factor, cannot WAIT to purchase one. Would drop my Android tablet for this in a hot second.

When I hold an 8-inch tablet my hand looks almost exactly like that. My fingers ARE proportionally longer than my palm would indicate. And, people confuse my tablet for a phone all the time until they get close enough; because it looks correct in my hand vs. a phone in someone elses hand.

There are people in the world with larger than average hands after all.

Will be interesting to see the price point of this and how they fare in terms of the 8", I just don't feel that size is conducive to work related taks, 7-8" market seems ideally for consumption based tablets eg, Windows RT based devices.

Interesting eitherway, they could have invested a little bit more into design though, looks like someone ripped a laptop keyboard off, slapped in a connector and called it a day.

It looks like that's a 4:3 ratio screen I think which makes since for smaller tablets that people use more often in portrait mode where a 16:9 widescreen doesn't work well.

Arceles said,
Wow... that's... something indeed, I may really consider one if the screen resolution is 1080p...

If 150% DPI scaling is required for the desktop on a 10.1" Surface Pro because it's 1080p, how do you think this will be better?

200% scaling would be crystal crisp. 275.4... real DPI and 137.7... virtual DPI.

Surface Pro has 138.5... virtual DPI with 150% scaling. Almost the same.

deadonthefloor said,

By the # of rows of tiles, I'd agree. Definitely not 1080p.

That's funny because my Surface Pro is 1080p and has the same number of rows

deadonthefloor said,

By the # of rows of tiles, I'd agree. Definitely not 1080p.

People need to understand that the metro side scales depending on the physical size of your screen not the resolution like the desktop. Even if it was 4k and the screen was still 8" it'd still show the same number of rows.