Meet Acer Iconia W3: The first-ever 8.1-inch Windows 8 tablet

Acer has finally taken the wraps off its much-rumored Acer Iconia W3 tablet, which is being touted as the "industry's first full-featured 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, bringing entertainment and full PC capabilities into a single hand" at the ongoing Computex trade fair.

The compact tablet will also come pre-loaded with MS Office 2013 and its 8.1-inch screen is suitable for entertainment and desktop apps alike. At 0.45 inches thin and weighing just 540gms, the device can also be used comfortably for reading with one hand.

As Acer's press release boasts, "It's ideal for professionals, students and families who want the ease of a one-hand tablet with access to programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote."

"With the Iconia W3, Acer is giving the millions of students, consumers and professionals who create, read, work and play in the Windows environment a single-handed device that does it all," said Luca Rossi, vice president, consumer business unit, Acer Europe. "These adventurous will enjoy the industry-leading combination of a Windows 8 tablet in a sleek and lightweight 8-inch design, giving them a new and more effective way to take their fun and productivity on the go."

The Acer Iconia W3 has the distinction of being the first Windows 8 device to feature an 8.1-inch LED backlit display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. The tablet also packs in 2-megapixel primary and secondary cameras.

The Iconia W3 also features Intel's dual-core 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 processor. It will be available in either 32 or 64GB internal storage options, and also has the option to expand the memory further to an additional 32GB via a microSD card. The Wi-Fi enabled tablet will provide up to 8 hours of battery life.

Both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Iconia W3 are up for pre-order from June 4 from several retailers like "Amazon, Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples and Walmart." The retail launch is slated for end June.

According to an Engadget report, "the Iconia W3 will be priced at 329 euros for 32GB and 379 euros for 64GB -- Acer US confirms that the tablet will arrive at $379 but haven't confirmed which capacity just yet."

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