Acer's 8'' Win8.1 tablet has Bay trail, 10-hour battery

Yesterday, Lenovo announced an 8" Windows 8.1 tablet. Today, it's Acer's turn. The new Acer Iconia W4 looks to have much in common with its Lenovo counterpart, but it costs a little more, with a starting price of $329.99.

The Iconia W4 has a 1280x800 resolution, just like the Lenovo. It packs a Bay Trail Atom processor clocked at 1.8GHz, a choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and a battery that enables up to 10 hours of web browsing and eight hours of video playback. Acer also includes a microSD slot, which can boost the storage capacity by 32GB, as well as a Micro HDMI output, a two-megapixel front camera, and a five-megapixel rear shooter. The rear camera can record 720p video at 60 FPS and 1080p video at 30 FPS.

At 0.91 lbs (413 g) and 0.42" (11 mm), the Iconia W4 is a little heavier and thicker than the Lenovo Miix2, but it's still pretty manageable. For what it's worth, Acer claims the device is light and compact enough to hold comfortably in one hand.

What else? Oh, right, the accessories. Acer offers the Crunch Keyboard, a Bluetooth 3.0 contraption that charges via Micro USB, and the Crunch Cover, which "folds out into a tablet stand with multiple angle settings to suit each user's reading preferences." Man, that's a lot of crunching. Too bad a Crunch Dock isn't available—although I guess that would be overkill for a 8" slate.

The Iconia W4 is scheduled to ship in the U.S. this month. The 32GB model will set you back $329.99, and Acer will charge a $50 premium for the 64GB version.

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