Last week, Microsoft CFO Peter Klein confirmed the impending arrival of mini Windows tablets. Few specifics have been made public, but thanks to French site MiniMachines.net, we now have some idea of what to expect. Earlier today, the site posted a boatload of photos of an upcoming 8" Windows tablet from Acer—and some specs, too. The article seems to have been taken down, but it's still available here in Bing's cache.
According to the cached page, this 8" tablet will be known as the Acer Iconia W3, and it will feature an Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras, and an optional foldable sleeve that can prop up the machine in landscape mode. Acer will also offer an optional keyboard dock. Judging by the photos, that dock will be wider than the tablet itself and may not have a hinge—in other words, it might be a static desktop accessory, not the second half of a convertible design.
Sadly, there's no word yet about the system's display resolution or pricing. The photos seem to show a 16:10 display aspect ratio, and MiniMachines.net suspects the presence of a 1280x800 panel. If that's the case, then the Iconia W3 could be fairly similar, specs-wise, to larger Windows 8 tablets on the market today. The most affordable one of those, Asus's 10.1" VivoTab Smart, sells for $429.99 at Newegg, so I somehow doubt we'll see the Iconia W3 sparring with the Nexus 7 at $199. A price tag closer to the $300 market seems more likely.
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