Acer was the first company to launch an 8 inch tablet running Windows 8 software, but the Iconia W3 tablet suffered from a lackluster display and a mediocre processor. Now Acer is launching a new model called the Iconia W4 with a zippier CPU and better screen.
Update: The Iconia W4 is now shipping in the United States as well.
The Acer Iconia W4 features an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel multitouch display, an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB to 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and WiFi and Bluetooth.
It has a micro HDMI port for connecting an external display, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera. Acer says the tablet should run for up to 8 hours on a charge. The Acer Iconia W4 weighs about 0.9 pounds.
While the tablet has the same size and resolution as the Iconia W3, Acer says the new model has wide viewing angles — something that certainly wasn’t true of its predecessor.
The Acer Iconia W4 is expected to sell for around $330 when it launches in the US.