Acer Iconia W3 Leaked: 8-inch tablet with Windows 8
Microsoft Store’s tablet page shows that Windows tablets are currently available at 10 inches. If the leaked news item is correct, it is expected to change with the launch of 8 inch device from Acer.
A French site posted lots of images of what it claims is a future Acer Iconia W3 8-inch tablet. (update: MiniMachines.net has removed the images claiming Acer has asked it to remove)
If that is correct, that will be a good news Windows 8 fans since it means a top vendor like Acer is parterning with Microsoft in the tablet market. Microsoft is reportedly working on Windows 8.1 which will optimize the Windows 8 experience on 8 inch devices.
As per report, this tab does not use the limited RT version of Windows 8 but a full-blown Windows compatibility.
Acer’s tablet specs are expected to be:
Windows 8 with 8-inch display
Intel “Clover Trail” Atom Z2760 dual-core processor
1,280×800 IPS screen
2GB of memory
Front and rear cameras
There has been no anncouncement from Acer till now though.
Some of the reports out of Asia claim Microsoft is offering Windows 8 licensing fee discounts to device makers for smaller machines.
The image also indicates accessories like a tiny keyboard dock and a cover that doubles as a kickstand. The smaller size would mean convenient use by even one hand unlike some of the tab competitors.