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

Michael Archambault