Amazon leaks first 8-inch full Windows 8 tablet, priced at $379

By Jos
May 6, 2013
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  1. Amazon has all but confirmed rumors about an incoming breed of smaller Windows tablets by accidentally listing an 8.1-inch Acer Iconia over the weekend, running the full version of Microsoft’s latest operating system. The listing has since been removed, but...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 935   +164

    Hopefully similarly sized RT models will hit the sub-$300 range.
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,905   +542

    But, who wants (the absolutely crippled) RT? That's why this leak is big news. Full Windows at this price point, it's much more interesting.
    VitalyT and Jad Chaar like this.
  4. dunebeetle

    dunebeetle TS Member Posts: 21   +8

    That is one disgustingly oversized hand....
  5. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 155   +31

    Wow I hope the price is right..I say get rid of RT...its a waste...Full version Windows 8 on a touch tablet for under $400.....Now Microsoft might have a chance against iPad!!
    VitalyT likes this.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,631   +1,031

    If that thing has a nice keyboard accessory, we might finally have a useful netbook replacement. I wonder about the Atom processor though. I know it's slow for a laptop, but probably very fast for a tablet. But running windows 8 probably requires a lot more than an ARM processor (if it's even possible).

    Can you get good performance out of a processor that can run both a full OS like Win 8 and provide 8 hours of battery life? I love having my cake and eating it too, but if this is true, then Intel is the real hero here.
  7. Is it just me or does the hand look a little jacked in that pic? Are their fingers like 6 inches long or something?
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,905   +542

    I hadn't noticed it, but absolutely... Photoshop fail!
  9. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 935   +164

    If you can get full Windows onto tablets that can compete in battery life and price as cheap Android tablets... then by all means! However, I think the only way it will really happen is with RT.

    RT is only as crippled as what a user needs from it. If you can get a Windows RT tablet for $200-$250 (which includes Office, mind you), I think that's a very enticing deal.
  10. Battery life doing nothing is 8 hours, most people will get 3 to 4 hours.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    That will be great for businesses. But the bad thing is that desktop applications will have to adopt more tablet-friendly interfaces. This may mean the classic PC game may adopt it :eek:. Plus, it will take at least 1-2 years for apps to optimize themselves for the smaller display and such a low resolution. I think at $400, we should at least get a 1080P display. The Nexus 10 will be my choice over this. But the fact that there is full Windows on it is tempting. I bet the tablet would be $300 with RT since there is no licensing cost.
  12. Piece of junk!
    1st its Acer - so its 100% that it'll have hardware or/and software problems
    2nd its 1280 x 800 display so no win8 snap feature
    3rd my acer w500 also have 6h in idle
  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 2,915   +1,173

    Yeah, get the new Atom (Silvermont), Windows 8.1 Pro, and you will have a very decent product. And at this price point nobody will look at RT anymore. That's the way to go!
  14. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,291   +439

    From my experience (implementing, setting up and troubleshooting dozens of laptops/desktops every month for the last 5 years) Acer is better then HP and Lenovo. Our ThinkPads fell apart (T400's and T410's) and the Compaq 610/515 laptops have all been tossed in the junk pile. (Just to mention a few)
    Our old Acer 2420's and new Acer laptops are holding up well in our tough work enviroment (Hospital). The only HP laptops worth a damn are the ProBook's.
    Our X498G and VX4610G Acer's are some of the best bargain desktop PC's rated.
  15. mcasao

    mcasao TS Rookie

    Give it a cellular radio and I am all in!

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