Fresh news out of New Zealand today. Blogger Paul Spain says Microsoft New Zealand has been displaying Windows 8-powered Acer tablets at "events in recent weeks." His interest piqued, Spain says he "asked for more detail," which led to him being treated to full spec sheets and local pricing for a pair of upcoming devices.
According to the seemingly official information, Acer's Iconia Tab W510 will be the cheapest of the two models, at $999 NZD. Spain says that price works out to $712 in U.S. dollars, if you exclude tax.
The device will feature a 1.5GHz Atom 2760 processor, 64GB of built-in memory, and a 10.1" 1366x768 IPS display. It's supposed to weigh 600 grams, or 1.32 lbs, and measure 8.8 mm (0.35") at its thickest point. Folks will apparently be able to complement the Iconia Tab W510 with a keyboard dock for an extra $200 NZD. Doing the same arithmetic as Spain (that is, subtracting New Zealand's 15% sales tax before performing the currency conversion) gives me potential U.S. pricing of $144 for the keyboard dock.
$712 may seem a little pricey for the tablet by itself, but as Spain points out, it's only $13 more than what Apple charges for the 64GB, Wi-Fi-only iPad. $144 is roughly in line with the prices of keyboard docks for Asus' Transformer tablets, as well. Oh, and keep in mind this is a full-fledged x86 device that should run existing desktop Windows apps in addition to touch-friendly Metro software.
Acer's Windows 8 tablet lineup will also include the Iconia Tab W700, a larger device with an 11.6" 1080p display, 128GB of solid-state storage, and a 1.7GHz Core i5-3317U processor—the same ultrabook chip Asus puts in its new Zenbook Prime. That device will reportedly be priced at $1799 NZD by itself and $1899 with an optional Bluetooth keyboard, or $1294 and $1366 U.S., respectively. The Iconia Tab W700 will be up to 11.9 mm (0.47") thick with a weight of 950 grams (2.1 lbs).
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