Acer's 8-inch Win8 tablet is official, costs $380


— 3:28 PM on June 3, 2013

We've known about the Iconia W3 ever since Amazon jumped the gun on a retail listing last month. Now, though, the device is officially out. Acer announced it yesterday evening, and the company says you'll be able to buy the device tomorrow starting at $379.99.

The Iconia W3 features an 8.1" display with a 1280x800 resolution—a first for a Windows 8 tablet, if I'm not mistaken. Under the hood lurks an Atom Z2760 processor, either 32GB or 64GB of solid-state storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and an eight-hour battery. Other perks include a Micro-HDMI output, a microSD slot (good for an additional 32GB of storage), and a pair of two-megapixel cameras: one at the front and one at the rear.

All told, this little tablet weighs 1.1 lbs and is 0.45" thick. That makes it a little more chunky than, say, the Nexus 7 or the iPad mini, but keep in mind this is a full-fledged PC that will happily (although perhaps not speedily) run x86 software. For an idea of how the Atom Z2760 performs, check out our review of the Asus VivoTab Smart. That tablet has larger display but similar internals.

Oh, and Acer says it's offering a keyboard accessory for the Iconia W3. The accessory connects to the device via Bluetooth, but it still behaves like a physical dock. Acer explains that the keyboard "holds the tablet upright for typing" but "conveniently docks to the tablet to lay flat for easy screen-protected transportation." Interestingly, the keyboard is also wider than the tablet itself. It was intended to be as wide as the keyboard from a 13" notebook.

   
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