Acer has officially announced plans to launch one of the first Windows 8 tablets to feature a screen smaller than 10 inches. The Acer Iconia W3 is an 8 inch tablet with an Intel Clover Trail processor and a starting price of $379.99.

Acer Iconia W3

The news isn’t exactly a big surprise. Leaked product details have been slipping out for over a month. But the time for leaks is over, and no we know that the tablet features an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, an 8.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, and comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

The Iconia W3 measures 0.45 inches thick and weighs 1.1 pounds, making it significantly thinner and lighter than most Windows tablets released to date.

Acer will also offer an optional full-sized Bluetooth keyboard for the tablet. Acer says the $80 keyboard is the same size as a keyboard you’d get with a 13.3 inch notebook.

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It looks a little funny since the keyboard is wider than the tablet, but the upshot is that you won’t have to type on tiny keys like those you used to see on netbooks with 7 to 10 inch displays.

The Acer Iconia W3 features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2MP cameras on the front and back, a microHDMI port, and microUSB port. It’ll be available for pre-order starting June 4th. A 32GB model will set you back $380. Acer also plans to offer a 64GB version.

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2 replies on “Acer Iconia W3 is the first 8 inch Windows 8 tablet”

  1. Does the micro-USB support OTG and does it act like a secondary charging input as well?

    I still would have liked a mouse in the bezel like the unreleased Viliv X70 but I’ll take this unless some other company announces (with a likely release) a better one: 7″ screen with the same or smaller bezels, bezel mouse, full USB port, micro-USB chargeable and a better display (not necessarily higher resolution).

  2. IT’S TOO BIG. LIKE MY CAPS>>> 32 gig model… and how much free space left? I’d get one for office apps, and chrome.

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