The Acer Iconia Tab W700 is a tablet with an 11.6 inch, full HD display, an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, and Windows 8 operating system. We first saw the tablet in June, but now Acer has confirmed that it will be available on Windows 8 launch day on October 26th, with prices starting at $799.99.
The tablet measures 0.5 inches thick and weighs about 2.3 pounds. That makes it a bit chunky and heavy by iPad standards, but the Iconia W700 is still smaller and lighter than most laptop computers — but it’s capable of performing most of the same tasks.
It’s powered by the Windows 8 operating system, which means that it can run finger-friendly tablet apps as well as pretty much any desktop app designed for Windows 7.
What makes the W700 stand out from most of the other Windows 8 tablets I’ve seen so far is the included cradle accessory that lets you use the tablet like a desktop.
Acer says the tablet resumes from sleep in 1.5 seconds, and boots in just 6 (which makes me wonder what the definition of “boot” is). The tablet is expected to get up to 8 hours of battery life.
It features 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear camera, a 720p front-facing camera, Dolby Home Theater v4 audio, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 1 USB 3.0 port, a microHDMI port, and a 1920 x 1080 pixel display.
The cradle adds 3 full-sized USB ports. Acer also includes a Bluetooth keyboard and an HDMI-to-VGA adapter.
Acer will offer at least three models.
- Intel Core i3-3317U with 64GB SSD
- Intel Core i5-3317U with 64GB SSD
- Intel Core i5-3317U with 128GB SSD
Prices will range form about $800 to $1000 in the United States. Acer will also offer the W700 tablets in Canada for $750 to $1000.