The Acer Iconia W4 is a tablet with an 8 inch display, Windows 8.1 software, and an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processor. Earlier this month it went on sale in India and Hong Kong. Now it’s available for purchase in the US.
Amazon is selling the Acer Iconia W4 with 64GB of storage for $380.
A $330 model with 32GB of storage is on the way, but it’s not yet available.
Acer was actually the first company to offer a Windows 8 tablet with an 8 inch screen. But the Acer Iconia W3 which launched earlier this year had a slower processor and an inferior display to the new Iconia W4.
The new model has a 1280 x 800 pixel multitouch display, a quad-core Bay Trail processor which should balance long battery life with decent performance, 2GB of RAM, and a display with better viewing angles.
The tablet has a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, 802.11a/b/gn WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot and micro HDMI output. Acer says the Iconia W4 should get up to 8 hours of battery life.
Acer’s little Windows tablet measures 8.6″ x 5.3″ x 0.4″ and weighs less than 15 ounces.
While Acer may have been the first company to launch a small tablet with Microsoft’s touch-friendly Windows 8 software, the landscape has changed a bit in the last few months. The Iconia W4 will have to compete with tablets from Dell, Toshiba, and Lenovo, among others. Most have starting prices around $300.