The Acer Iconia W4 is a tablet with an 8 inch display, Windows 8.1 software, and an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processor. Acer hasn’t officially introduced the new tablet yet, but it’s pretty clear that this is the successor to the Acer Iconia W3, the company’s first 8 inch Windows tablet.
The new model has a faster processor, a better display, and it should get better battery life.
The tablet reportedly has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid state storage, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, microSD card reader and micro HDMI port. It also features WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
The two biggest improvements involve the processor and the display. The new Bay Trail chip should offer up to twice the performance over the Clover Trail processor in the Iconia W3, while also offering longer battery life.
While the tablet still has a 1280 x 800 pixel display, it’s been upgraded from a TN panel to an IPS display. That means you’ll get significantly better viewing angles — the Iconia W3 was hard to use if you weren’t holding it at precisely the right angle.
Acer’s new tablet comes with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student, which isn’t surprising, since Microsoft is offering it as a free addition for pretty much any Windows tablet with a 10 inch or smaller display. But it does help justify the admittedly low price tag of this sort of tablet.
The Iconia W4 is expected to sell for about 330 Euros, and I suspect that means it’ll cost $400 or less when it hits the US. There’s no official word on a price or launch date, but since this tablet comes with Windows 8.1 pre-loaded, it seems safe to assume it won’t launch until after Windows 8.1 becomes available in mid-October.