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Acer strikes back with the Iconia W4 Windows 8 tablet

Remember the Acer Iconia W3? Acer introduced the world’s first Windows 8 tablet, dubbed the W3, and disappointed the world with a lackluster display.  What appeared to be a display with a bad screen protector over it, was simply the screen itself. 

Now, Acer is ready to redeem themselves with the Acer Iconia W4.

The new Acer Iconia W4 is powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.8 GHz and packs 2 GB of RAM. The W4 is not meant to be a large innovation over the original W3, they are simply here to fix what was wrong – the display.

The W4 houses a 1280 by 800 IPS display which sits snuggly under a 2 MP front camera, that is complimented by a 5 MP rear facing camera. The unit will include either 32 GB or 64 GB of SSD storage, which can then be expanded by another 32 GB via a MicroSD card slot.

Acer will be preloading a copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 onto the unit, so you can get right down to work. Port selection won’t be the largest on this tiny Windows 8 tablet, but the W4 is said to include a micro-USB socket and a micro-HDMI port.

The company will also be offering a collection of different accessories with the Iconia W4 tablet including a passive stylus (no active digitizer) and two different cases. The more first cover is named the “Crunch Cover” and folds back into a kickstand for easy use. The second, “Crunch Keyboard”, will perform the same folding trick, but also includes an integrated Bluetooth keyboard. Both covers appear to be well designed and remind us very much of Amazon’s Origami cover.

The Iconia W4 serves as an important launch to bring budget Windows 8 tablets to the market and compete with the likes of Apple’s iPad Mini. The unit will launch later this month with a 32 GB model priced at $330 and a 64 GB model priced at $380.

Are you going to run out and pick up Acer’s latest creation?

Source: PCWorld, Yahoo Finance

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Acer strikes back with the Iconia W4 Windows 8 tablet

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Windows 8 is the name of the release. Product is Windows 8. You won't find designed for Windows 8.1 stickers anywhere, as you shouldn't. When Microsoft advertises, they shouldn't advertise the product as 8.1. The product name is windows 8. 8.1 is only a major revision of Windows 8. In the history of computers, I have never seen anyone advertise revision numbers. For example, it was always Windows 7, not Windows 7sp2.

Lol well truth be told I've always hated windows until surface pro and 8.1. Work got me a MacBook pro, and have always been Linux. Loving 8. It was XP that had SP2?

Hi Sholokov,

Windows 8.1 will commonly be reffered to as simply "Windows 8".

Just as in the past we didn't say "Windows 7 Service Pack 1" everytime.

Cheers! :)

-Mike

Why would they call it windows 8.1? It's just an update to windows 8. Windows 7 or 9 and maybe even 8.5 is a difference but, windows 8.1 is just windows 8 with minor changes. This isn't Android OS where 4.1 and 4.0 are treated as different OS.

Not really a difference. All Windows tablet less than 10 inches have Office for free (and built in). So the Mixx 2, V8Pro, Encore. 
Acer is generally a crappy company and their CEO hates Windows 8 so I would tend to ignore their products anyways. 

the same you saw with vista and windows 7.
the 64bit hardware stuff that vista was build for just slowly came and boom.. windows 7 suddenly worked just fine since everything shipped with 64 bit

The article says 32 or 64 GB of RAM, which I believe is what Aniket is referring to.

Sounds like enough to run some crazy virtual machines on, and all for only $330! :P

It's hard to believe that Acer really thinks such a low spec machine belongs alongside the iPad Mini in price point. Even most phones have higher resolution displays these days, to say nothing of the cheap Android tablets like the Nexus 7.

I think the reason that Google's devices can be well specced and are so cheap is because they are selling those much closer to cost, if not break even. Acer can't do that since they make all their money on the hardware. Please correct me if I'm wrong, of course.

What are you talking about, this has a higher resolution than the ipad mini, more ports, comes with windows... Are you trolling?

You're kidding, right? All Windows 8.1 tablets have a higher screen resolution than the vaunted ipad mini AND run full Windows with Office, have real ports and the Dell even adds an active digitizer. The icrap mini is totally outclassed by the W4 and other 8 inch Windows tablets.

The nexus also is a mobile operating system only (a toy basically). This tablet will have full Windows 8.1 (mobile, tablet, desktop) whatever you want. And the 32gb Nexus is about $270, not that much cheaper. 

Some people are just too narrowly focused on the specs, and forgetting to count the productive things you can do with a tablet.

They're close, and getting closer every year. Arm's big remaining advantage is in power management, but Intel will likely surpass Arm in that department too. Any time someone surpasses Intel (Motorola 68000, Alpha, Power PC, etc.), Intel eventually surpasses them right back. They're an amazingly resilient company.

Essentially this is a W3 with better screen and 4th generation processor. Read reviews of the W3 and disregard the display and processor part of the review.

In the article it indicates that the microSD can accomodate up to 32GB, which seems typical of all the 8" Windows 8 tablets that are coming out. Can anyone confirm if it can actually go higher in capacity? I have a 64GB microSD card that I would like to repurpose on one of these new devices.

Its funny that the $100 Lumia 520 can handle 64GB cards while these $300+ PCs can only handle 32GB.

I really hope so! My Surface RT that I used to own support that format size, so I would "assume" that the other devices should too...*crossing fingers*!

My wife just got the W3 in September and it works perfectly for her needs. While the screen isn't the best, it isn't as bad as people make it out to be. It's a mediocre tablet that has its niche.

Sorry for my ignorance, but have any tablets in this size launched with 4G capability? I'm looking for one to mount in my car as a stereo replacement

Another fail of a Windows tablet with no full USB 3 support. And I don't get why you would limit the microSD to SDHC cards when SDXC are now standard even in low end devices like the Lumia 520.
Cheap tablet price does not justify skiping on features that do not cost any extra to implement, Acer can keep this pile of dung.
Just wait till Microsoft or Nokia release an 8" tablet with full USB3 and microSDXC support to show these moron OEM how its done.
 

It is a limit of the Atom architecture. If you want to hunt down a USB 3.0 Windows 8 device, you are going to have to look at machines running Core processors from Intel.

Isn't the Dell Venue 11 Pro running haswell cpus?

With that said, You are correct about bay trail supporting USB3. The Transformer Book by Asus has one, but it's only on the keyboard dock.

It is a capacitive stylus so not a big deal. I would like to have a wacom style digitizer or at least support built into the tablet.
Full USB is a must so W4 is out. Lenovo and Dell are good competition.
I sold my Asus Vivotab  Smart because it was pain to fiddle with the microUSB port. I do have a Dell Latitude 10 and I loved it. It has full USB, HDMI and Wacom Stylus.
 
I am still intested in 8 inch model though. I will selling my Latitude 10 and buy one of the above.

Yay, wonder how much it will be in UK, im glad they have updated the screen i did not believe the reviews about the screen until i actually saw it at pcworld! i  was shocked at how bad the original one was!

I am really looking forward to a sub $399 Windows 8.1 tablet with Wacom digitizer pen (not capacitive stylus). Anybody knows of something in pipeline with that spec?