Acer W3

Earlier today at a press event in NYC, Acer showed off a handful of new PCs they’ll be releasing over the next few weeks. The machines are mainly tablets and laptops ranging in size from 11.6 inches to 15.6 inches. But we know a lot of you are clamoring for a tablet running Windows 8 in the range between 7 and 8-inches. Turns out they’re closer than we thought.

The Verge was tipped by a reader of an Amazon listing for the Acer W3-810 – a device that wasn’t shown off or announced at the event in New York City. What’s unique about this premature listing is the size of the device. The W3 clocks in at 8 inches. Unfortunately, the listing has already been pulled from Amazon.

Here are the rest of the specs of the little machine.

  • 8.1 inch, 1280x800 display
  • 1.8GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • 2 megapixel cameras up front and in the rear
  • 1 microUSB 2.0 port
  • Micro HDMI port
  • Weighing in at 1.1 pounds
  • 8 hours of battery life

Acer W3 Three quarter view

The best part of all this is the price. In the above configuration the W3 will cost a cool $379.99. Putting it up against products like the iPad Mini. You’ll remember that we expect the next update to Windows 8 to include support for devices in the 7 to 8 inch range. Additionally, those devices will support lower resolution displays, like the one found in the Acer W3, at the expense of losing out on the ability to snap apps to one side. The price isn’t close to the $200 mark that Intel’s CEO boasted a few weeks back, but it’s a fairly competitive price.

The other products that Acer actually revealed today are fairly tame. Acer refreshed their V5 and V7 series laptops.  The Aspire P3 is a new product that is part ultrabook and part convertible. It’s an intriguing device that packs either a Core i3 or i5 processor. Here's a video showing it off:

Acer Aspire P3

However, the most interesting device is the Aspire R7. I’ll let the video below do the talking for that.

Acer Aspire R7

Hit up the Windows Experience Blog for full details on the lineup of Acer products. Between the announced products and the upcoming 8 inch tablet, which piques your interest the most?

Source: The Verge