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Today at Computex, Acer is announcing several new Windows 8 PCs worth taking note of – including a new 8-inch tablet.
The Acer Iconia W3 is one of the industry’s first 8.1-inch Windows tablets. This little tablet weighs on 1.19 pounds and measures 0.45 inches thin. It’s powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 mobile-optimized processor and boasts 8-hours of battery life for all day productivity. It has a LED backlit display (at 1280 x 800 screen resolution) – making photos and 720p video look great on the screen. It supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless networks, has Bluetooth 4.0, front and rear facing 2 megapixel webcams, and micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports for connecting to displays and other devices. And you can get an optional keyboard for it too which is the same as keyboards found in 13.3 inch laptops.
The Iconia W3 will be available with either 32GB or 64GB or storage (you can add an addition 32GB via a microSD slot for more storage).
I am pretty stoked to get my hands on one of these!
The new Acer Aspire S7-392 13.3-inch Ultrabook retains many of the characteristics seen with previous S7 models such as being slim and light measuring only .51 inches thin and weighing 2.87 lbs. However, Acer is making a few changes customers will enjoy. It sports a 33% increase in battery life over the previous S7 model (up to 7 hours), comes with an electroluminescent backlit keyboard, quieter fans and is powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor. It also comes with a HD IPS 10-point touchscreen display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The new Aspire S3-392 13.3-inch Ultrabook inherits the design of the Aspire S7 Series such as its unique dual-torque hinge that keeps the display wobble-free. It is made from aluminum and sprayed with a glossy white paint. The rest of the chassis is made from anodized aluminum. It has the latest Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT735M graphics, and a light-sensing keyboard that auto adjusts to ambient light. It also has a 1080p full HD display with IPS technology.
The new Aspire Z3 Series is a new 23-inch All-in-One PC. It has an ergonomic chassis with a full HD display with IPS technology and 10-point touch. It also has front facing Harman Kardon speakers for excellent audio. The PC itself can be adjusted 10 to 30 degrees for the best angle. Its integrated 1 megapixel HD webcam can capture a 720p image and also be adjusted 0-20 degrees for the best angle when trying to capture a photo or video chat with chat with friends or family.
In early May, Acer also announced new PCs including the Aspire R7 and Aspire P3 Ultrabook. Check out those PCs in my blog post here.
Despite the screen resolution issue which will hopefully be fixed in 8.1, the W3 is not only powerful but priced right. It's getting hard to justify a Surface RT and especially a 8" Surface RT with product like the W3 out there at $349. MS take note and please hurry with 8.1.
Really awesome devices! :)