Acer Launches the Iconia W3 Tablet

Microsoft is trying to establish itself into the portable device market with its Windows 8 OS. Its partnership with manufacturers has led to the development of the new Windows Phone units to compete with the iPhone and Android devices. Now, Microsoft is trying to widen its reach by coming up with new tablet models that run on Windows 8. Its partner, Acer has recently launched the Iconia W3 tablet just for this.

The Acer Iconia W3 Tablet was presented recently at the Computex 2013 in Taipei. The new tablet comes with an 8.1-inch touch screen, the first of such Windows tablet in the market. Microsoft and Intel held several talks regarding the need for lower priced and smaller tablets to compete with the iPad Mini and the affordable Android tablets. The Acer Iconia W3 is just the first of many to come out in the coming months.

The Acer Iconia W3 Tablet comes with the Intel 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 dual core processor, 2GB RAM and a choice between 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The Windows tablet also comes with a microSD slot for memory expansion. It weighs 500 grams and is only 11.4 mm think. It also comes with a battery life of up to eight hours for each full charge.

The new Acer Iconia W3 Tablet also comes with a micro-HDMI and USB slots. Perhaps to make the tablet appeal to students, the Iconia W3 comes with the Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed in the device. Acer is expecting the Iconia W3 Tablet to be available in the market this month. Price for the tablet will start at US$379. It also comes with an optional full-sized Bluetooth keyboard for an additional US$90.

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