Acer’s newly launched 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet Acer Iconia Tab 8 W will begin release in October for €149 in Europe, and possibly a Toshiba Encore 2 Pro and HP Stream 8 matching $179 in the US:
This is Acer’s third 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, after Acer opened up this segment with the Acer Iconia W3 last summer, followed by the predecessor Acer Iconia W4 during the winter.
Acer still haven’t told us how much RAM this tablet has, but it might have 1GB, which would then place it in the 8-inch Windows 8.1 budget tablet category alongside Toshiba Encore 2 Pro.
It that turns out to be the case once Acer clarifies this important issue, then the Acer Iconia Tab 8 W would go down one notch in specs, while the rest of the specs are a mix of old and new components compared to the predecessor Acer Iconia W4.
Which means the standard IPS display 1280 x 800 resolution’s that these tablets have, DDR3L RAM, a newer quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor at 1.33GHz with 1.83GHz turbo speeds alongside Intel HD Graphics GPU.
Availability of storage options is also unclear, but it has microSD card support, micro-USB port, dual cameras, and the battery life is a claimed 8 hours, so the same as the predecessor.
It has gone down in weight, from 420 gram to 370 gram, while the thickness is 9.75 mm. The design is more distinctive and fresh, with a white and silver finish on the front and around the edges, smooth lines on the sides, and a sleek new surface on the back of the tablet.
This is a “Windows 8.1 with Bing” tablet. But the Acer Iconia Tab 8 W also comes with Microsoft Office 365 Personal, which means software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.
Additionally, this tablet still fits the Acer Crunch Keyboard Cover for when you really need to crunch numbers, and is about the same width and height as the tablet. The Crunch Keyboard weighs 200 gram, and you can place the tablet in both portrait and landscape mode on the keyboard.
Before Acer answers all the specifics, there’s not enough information about Acer Iconia Tab 8 W to evaluate it properly, so we’ll update once we get some insight on this tablet, with details such as price, RAM, and specific release dates.
– Jim Miller