The world’s first official Windows 8 tablet has been confirmed accidentally after it was briefly listed on Amazon.com.
Last week, we mentioned that Microsoft is making two smaller versions of its Surface tablet, according to rumours. Now, Acer appears to have beaten the company to a big reveal with a new 8.1 inch slate which was leaked for just long enough to stir interest.
The new tablet PC is called the Acer Iconia W3 and appears to have been uploaded to Amazon.com before its official release date has been set. The tablet has a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS screen, making it compatible with Windows 8 on its lowest resolution. That touchscreen is impressive, and would give it equal standing to the Nexus 7 – a tablet renowned for having a superb display.
For the first time, users could enjoy the full power of Microsoft’s desktop OS on a mini tablet, and that’s a huge step forward for Windows as a platform. Specs are vague, but the tablet is thought to feature a dual-core Intel processor, hence its support for Windows 8 rather than Windows RT. Other specs include 2 GB RAM and dual cameras.
This Acer tablet looks like good news for Windows users who are looking for more affordable devices. The Iconia W3 was priced at $380 when it was available on Amazon.com; still fairly expensive for an 8.1 inch device, but bear in mind that it’s running the same OS as Surface Pro. The lowest spec iPad mini is $329, just to put it in perspective.
A sudden explosion in smaller Windows 8 tablets looks likely now, and either Microsoft or Acer will probably be the first to reveal their hand officially. Should Windows 8 start to dominate, Windows RT may be in trouble.