Acer is introducing one of the most affordable Windows tablets to date. The Iconia Tab 8 W is an 8 inch tablet which will ship in November with Windows 8.1 with Bing software, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and a starting price of $150.
The tablet has an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor and up to 8 hours of battery life. The Iconia Tab 8 W features 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
It weighs about 13 ounces and measures less than 0.4 inches thick.
Windows 8.1 with Bing software that comes with the tablet is basically the full version of Windows that you can find on other tablets and notebooks. The only difference is that PC makers agree to keep Bing as the default search engine for Internet Explorer in exchange for a lower licensing fee from Microsoft.
The Acer Iconia Tab 8 W also comes with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal.
Acer is’t the only company offering cheap Windows tablets with Bay Trail processors. Toshiba already offers once. Archos and HP have some on the way. And a number of older models are now available for under $199. But the Iconia Tab 8 W is one of the first models from a major PC maker expected to have a $150 price tag at launch.