Acer has already announced plans to launch an 8 inch Android tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor. Now it looks like a new Windows 8.1 model is also in the works.

The Android model will likely be called the Acer Iconia A1, and it’s expected to feature a Bay Trail chip and a 7.9 inch display. It was briefly mentioned by Intel at the Intel Developer Forum earlier this month.

But in late August, a German member of the PocketPC.ch forum noticed a Windows model called the Acer Iconia W4-820.

Update:  The tablet made a recent appearance in the Netherlands.

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The Acer Iconia W4-820 is expected to feature an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, a 32GB solid state drive, and Windows 8.1 software. It will have an 8 .1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, stereo speakers, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, front and rear cameras, and it’ll come with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student.

The tablet is expected to ship by the end of October, 2013 (around the time that Windows 8.1 is released).

All told, it sounds like a nice upgrade from the Acer Iconia W3 tablet which features a less powerful Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor. Hopefully the new model will also have a better display. If you view the Iconia W3 from an angle, the colors look washed out and images or video can be hard to make out at all.

via Compartif-Tablette and Tech2



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6 replies on “Acer Iconia W4 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablet with Bay Trail on the way?”

  1. Looking at the currently announced 8″ Windows 8 tablets, I’m hoping this has a full size USB 3.0 port, full size SDXC slot, variable rate micro-USB charging and an optical mouse in the bezel.

    1. It might be a possibility if MS carries over the rules it had for windows 8 to 8.1

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