Acer has a handful of Windows 8 tablets on the market, including the Iconia W510 tablet with an Intel Atom Clover Trail chip and a higher-end Iconia W700 with a Core i5 chip and 1080p display.

Now Hungarian site Tech2.hu reports that Acer is preparing to launch a next-gen tablet called the Acer Aspire P3. As the move from the Iconia name to the Aspire brand suggests, this model will blur the lines between a tablet and a notebook, thanks to an optional keyboard dock.

Acer Aspire P3

The Acer Aspire P3 is expected to have an 11.6 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel display, an Intel Ivy Bridge processor (with options ranging from a Celeron chip to an Intel Core i5), and from 32GB to 128GB of storage.

According to Tech2.hu, Acer will market the Aspire P3 as an ultrabook. But it looks more like a tablet with a keyboard that doubles as a carrying case.

via HDBlog.it

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12 replies on “Acer Aspire P3 Windows 8 tablet with keyboard on the way?”

  1. 3.06 pounds? I hope that is with the keyboard attached.
    “The Acer Aspire P3 is available immediately starting at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $799.99 USD.”
    Immediately? Where, where? :o)

  2. The way that keyboard hugs the bottom of the tablet reminds me of the HP TC1100. That was a popular device in its time.

  3. Can we hope for lightweight and fanless Hasswell or AMD Temash based processor in this device? We also want USB 3.0 and, please, no white or slippery plastic!

  4. I really wish these keyboard docks/accessories would have a trackpoint nub (not an optical one). Just as a software keyboard can’t replace a physical keyboard, you finger or even an active stylus can’t fully replace a mouse pointer.

    1. I definitely would want a mouse on any keyboard accessory for a tablet.

      I wonder if that keyboard would scuff up the screen though. Especially if you put on screen protectors to prevent sand and other things from scratching it. It’s easier to replace a screen protector than the glass but I wouldn’t want to do it frequently.

      1. The keyboard has bumpers at the four corners… So the screen shouldn’t rest on the keys… While they typically used something like gorilla glass on tablets these days… So shouldn’t be that easy to scratch… screen protector may still be recommended regardless though as you never know what may strike the screen…

  5. Not to be that guy, but that looks identical to the already released Iconia Tab W700.

    1. Maybe this is a budget version. It does have a lower resolution. Not sure why the different naming scheme though.

      1. Iconia is their tablet line, this will be marketed mainly as a Ultrabook… it’s pretty thick design for example and probably heavier, etc. So despite being a tablet it’s probably not intended for long usage or to be held that long.

  6. I wish manufacturers would clearly delineate between Android, Windows RT, and Windows x86 products, by using different model line names, and short product names. Lenovo dropped the ball in this regard by using ThinkPad Tablet for an Android device, then ThinkPad Tablet 2 for a Windows x86 device.

    Acer uses the Iconia model for both Android and Windows x86 tablets, but fortunately, they use an A### designation (Acer Iconia Tab A100, A110, A200, etc)to indicate Android, and W### (Acer Iconia Tab W500, W510, W700, etc) to designate Windows x86 products. But the product names are rather too long in this case.

    1. Fortunately, Acer “Aspire” products have all been Windows based devices if I recall…

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