Acer has announced an 8.1″ Windows tablet, the Iconia W3:
- Intel Atom 1.8Ghz dual-core Z2760 CPU
- 8 hr battery life
- 1280 x 800 screen
- 2GB RAM
- Front and rear 2 MP cameras
- Micro HDMI
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 32 or 64GB storage
- Micro SD
- Bundles Office 2013 Home and Student
- Optional keyboard $79.99
- $379.99, available this month
Anything wrong with this picture? Certainly it could be handy for using Windows on the go, being more compact than a Surface (though how much more, if you include the keyboard?) and much cheaper than Surface Pro.
There are some snags though. This device runs full Windows 8 rather than Windows RT, the ARM version, so you can run all your desktop apps; but many will be no fun to use on an 8.0″ screen, or without keyboard and mouse. The Modern – that is, Metro-style – apps should be fine, but the Windows 8 app ecosystem is still weak so you may struggle to get by on those. There is Office – and it is smart of Acer to bundle Home and Student – but will you be squinting to use it on such a small screen?
My hunch is that Windows will not sing on small tablets until there is a version of Office for the Modern UI.