Acer Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 Slate Could Give Rival Slates a Run for Their Money

October 19, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

If you have been waiting for a latest 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, you needn’t get impatient any more. For, Acer has just showed off its Iconia W4. And it indeed has everything to take it to iconic territory.

Eight -inch slates running Windows 8.1 have already made their appearance. Toshiba debuted its Encore in September, Dell brought to us the Venue 8 Pro early this month and Lenovo showed off its Miix2  just a while ago.

So may be Acer’s Iconia W4 is not a front runner. But it could overtake all these rivals with the sheer magic of its specs. Maybe, yes.

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The 0.42 inch thick device weighs just 0.91 pounds, and is one slate that could draw much applause. One aspect of the applause could be that the tablet comes powered by an Intel fourth-generation Atom processor running at 1.8GHz.

The Iconia W4 sports an IPS display of 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, and carries a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. A 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper is also provided.

On the storage front would be 32 GB or 64GB of storage, expandable up to an extra 32GB with the use of a microSD slot. A micro-USB socket and a micro HDMI port have also been thrown in. These apart, Acer is also planning to include a full copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 edition with the package.

What we like much about the device is the Crunch cover that wraps it. It can be folded as a slate stand and is also useful as a protective wrap. Among the accessories that Acer would provide along with the device are a passive stylus, two types of jackets, and a Bluetooth keyboard that can be charged via microUSB.

Acer would be attaching a tag of $330 for the 32GB model, and $380 for the 64GB variant. The Crunch cover and accessories could cost you a tad more.  We need to look to the device coming to our hands later this month . Stay with us.

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