After accidentally spilling out some info about the new Acer Iconia tablet, Amazon can now rest easy for the blunder as Acer Russia confirms that the said tablet is indeed coming up.In fact, we now know that the said tablet will be officially called as the Acer Iconia W3 and it will be released on June 4, 2013.
Phone Arena reported that this was confirmed by no other than the general director of Acer Russia Office, Denis Kutnikov.
Last week, we told you about the Acer W3-810, which was spotted briefly on Amazon’s web site before being removed. This is a Windows 8 tablet with the smallest screen to date on such a device, 8.1 inches. While Amazon did remove the posting as though it never existed, it seems that the tablet will be introduced on June 4th. This is the word from Denis Kutnikov, general director of Acer’s Russian office.
What Mr. Kutnikov didn’t clarify though was whether the said release date is for the Russian market only or will it also coincide with the release of the Windows 8 tablet to other international markets including the U.S..
Still, it pretty exciting to know that the Acer Iconia W3 carries with it some new things that will separate it from the rest of the Acer Iconia Windows 8 tablet. For one, it can claim the title of being the first Windows 8 tablet with less than 10-inch screen display. The Acer Iconia W3 will be sporting an 8.1-inch screen display. With that, it can fairly compete with other tablets such as the iPad Mini, Galaxy Note 8 or even the Kindle Fire HD.
Even in the specs department, Acer should stand proud that is latest Windows tablet could very compete against its market competitors. The Acer Iconia W3 features a screen resolution of 1280×800, a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom 22760 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, microSD slot if in case you run out of storage, a decent 2MP front and back cameras, 8-hours of battery life,
Aside from the release date of the Acer Iconia W3, its price is also now known, thanks to the Amazon page listing which listed the price of the tablet as $379.99. This is a reasonable price considering that it is a Windows 8 tablet. But don’t peg your budget for the tablet if in case you’re considering buying it since you’ll most probably be spending a few more dollars to get some nice accessories that Acer will be releasing together with the tablet.
These include a QWERTY keyboard which docks into the tablet and a case that also serves as a tablet stand. Prices of the said accessories are still unknown at this time.
All that being said, it seems like both Acer and Microsoft stand a solid chance in getting a piece of the less than 10-inch tablet market in the coming months. Who knows with the release of the Acer Iconia W3, Bill Gates might prove himself true that majority of the users of the iPad are not happy with their tablet because it doesn’t have a keyboard and could not run Microsoft Office.