It looks like Acer is about to add to the growing list of fun-sized Windows 8.1 slates. As VR-Zone reports, a product page for the Iconia W4, a Bay Trail-powered tablet with an 8" screen, briefly popped up on Acer's website. The page has since been pulled, but Google still has a cached version of it.
Aside from the pictures above, the cached product page includes pricing information and a full list of specs. Apparently, the device will ring in at $329.99, and its 8" display will have a 1280x800 IPS panel. Under the hood, you'll find a 1.33GHz Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage capacity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
According to Acer, the Iconia W4 will weigh just over 15 ounces, measure 0.4" thick, and last for eight hours of unplugged use. Other perks will include HDMI out and a microSD card reader.
The $329.99 price tag will peg the Iconia W4 against the non-Retina iPad mini, which has a $299 asking price, a lower-res 1024x768 screen, and (obviously) no support for Windows desktop apps. I'd say the iPad mini has better tablet software, though—and knowing Acer, I'm doubtful the Iconia W4 will measure up in terms of build quality. Nevertheless, it's nice to see full-fledged Windows tablets competing in this price range.
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