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 $150 price tag at launch.
I agree that 2Gb should the norm, however in that case manufacturers would have to think twice which features to include in 199$ tablets to distinguish them from 100$-150$ ones ;)!
For example, they could offer stylus enabled tablets and/or 3G as norm(since 4G=LTE is the big thing people are paying/are forced paying premium for at the moment) and LED flash for camera as well!
Oh and IMHO, Toshibas 119$ tablet might become failure given that Acer’s 8″ one will sport higher resolution screen which is WXGA which has become the norm for good budget tablets regardless of their OS.
I cant think of myself getting Toshiba Encore Mini for 119$ when I can get a better device for little bit more.
Count in rebates and the fact that Chinese most likely are also about to release 99-120$ W8 tablets and you get the picture.
This trend toward 1 GB of RAM on 8 inch tablets is a big step in the wrong direction….I just got the Dell Venue Pro 8 and 2 GB is the minimum.
If windows runs smoothly with 1GB RAM then that will be great advantage for Windows at these price points.
Will be waiting for review of this Brad.
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