The first Windows 8 inch tablet with an 8 inch screen is now up for pre-order. The Acer Iconia W3 has a list price of $380 and up, but if you pre-order from Office Depot you can snag a model with 32GB of storage for $350.
The Acer Iconia W3 features an 8.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail dual-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. It runs Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, which means not only can you run full-screen “Modern” style apps from the Windows Store, but you can run pretty much any desktop Windows app you’d like.
Just don’t expect every app to look great on an 8 inch screen or run smoothly on a machine with a low-power Atom processor. The key here is that the Iconia W3 can do a lot of things a Google Nexus 7 or iPad mini can’t, not necessarily that it can do them very well. But unlike Android or iOS tablets, you can run popular Windows apps such as the full versions of Photoshop, Office, or iTunes.
In fact, the Acer Iconia W3 comes with Office 2013 Home & Student pre-loaded.
The tablet also features 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro HDMI port, micro USB port, and microSD card slot, a 2MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, and support for up to 8 hours of battery life.
Acer will also offer a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard for the tablet soon. It’s expected to sell for $90.