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

By on May 6, 2013, 12:00 PM

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 not before several sites caught a glimpse at some specs and its price.

Specifically, Amazon’s listing described the Acer W3-810 as a $379.99 tablet powered by a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and an 8.1-inch 1280 x 800 display. The price tag is particularly interesting given that the slate is based on Windows 8, not RT, and will therefore run ‘legacy’ applications.

Other specs include 32GB of storage, 2-megapixel front and rear cameras, one micro USB 2.0 port, and a micro-HDMI port. The tablet is said to weigh 1.1lbs and provide up to 8 hours of battery life.

Right now your options for a full-fledged Windows 8 tablet include Microsoft’s own Surface Pro, from $899 without the keyboard, as well as 10.1- and 11.6-inch devices from Acer, Dell, HP, Razer and Samsung ranging from around $500 to $1,500. It's worth noting that Amazon prices are occasionally inaccurate ahead of full retail availability, but the alleged $380 price puts Acer (and Windows 8 tablets) a bit closer to Apple's iPad Mini.

By comparison, the latter weighs 0.7 pounds and starts at $329 for a 16GB model, but climbs to $429 for the 32GB variant. Android alternatives are still markedly cheaper in the 7- to 8-inch category, with the 32GB Nexus 7 going for $249, a 32GB Kindle Fire HD for $299, and a handful of alternatives in the same range.

Hints of smaller screen Windows 8 tablets began to appear back in March when the company loosened the resolution requirements for certified devices, dropping the minimum to 1024 x 768 pixels. Since then several enhancements in the upcoming “Blue” update have also suggested Microsoft was getting ready for smaller form factors, and of course there’s been no shortage of rumors pointing to a 7-inch Surface coming soon.




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treeski treeski said:

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

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

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.

dunebeetle said:

That is one disgustingly oversized hand....

1 person liked this | Jim$ter said:

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!!

MilwaukeeMike said:

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.

Guest said:

Is it just me or does the hand look a little jacked in that pic? Are their fingers like 6 inches long or something?

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

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

treeski treeski said:

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.

Guest said:

Battery life doing nothing is 8 hours, most people will get 3 to 4 hours.

JC713 JC713 said:

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.

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 :o. 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.

Guest said:

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

VitalyT VitalyT said:

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!

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

Piece of junk!

1st its Acer - so its 100% that it'll have hardware or/and software problems

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.

mcasao mcasao said:

Give it a cellular radio and I am all in!

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