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New tablet runs Windows 8.1

Acer has launched a new Windows 8.1 tablet with an optional removable keyboard called the Iconia W4. The eight-inch (1280x800) screen features IPS technology and Zero Air Gap technology to provide enhanced clarity, brightness, and sharpness.

The Iconia W4 tablet uses a fourth-generation Intel Atom processor running at 1.8GHz and promises a battery life of up to 10 hours for web browsing and up to eight hours for video playback. The tablet also has a two-megapixel front camera and a five-megapixel rear camera.

The Iconia W4 is available with 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage and both versions have a microSD card slot for expansion. The tablet weighs 415 g and is 0.14-inches thick.

The tablet is preloaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 at no cost. The tablet also has an optional slim and portable keyboard for users needing to type more quickly than they can with an on-screen keyboard only.

The W4 tablet will ship this month in the U.S. with the 32 GB version selling for $329.99 and the 64 GB version selling for $379.99. The keyboard accessory price is unknown at this time.

Acer rival Lenovo has unveiled a similar $299 tablet yesterday selling for called the Miix 2.

Source: Yahoo

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Another one...
By datdamonfoo on 10/17/2013 11:10:00 AM , Rating: 2
So now I have to decide whether I want to get this, the Toshiba Encore, or the Miix 2 for my girlfriend. I'm still leaning towards the Miix 2, due to the price, but the battery life is said to only be 7 hours, while the Iconia is 10. Hmm...decisions, decisions.

RE: Another one...
By retrospooty on 10/17/2013 11:16:23 AM , Rating: 3
"So now I have to decide whether I want to get this, the Toshiba Encore, or the Miix 2 for my girlfriend. I'm still leaning towards the Miix 2, due to the price, but the battery life is said to only be 7 hours, while the Iconia is 10"

I would trust Lenovo over Acer any day.

RE: Another one...
By Wolfpup on 10/18/2013 11:46:26 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't trust Lenovo for anything whatsoever. Geez, it was started by and is still partially run by the Chinese government.

RE: Another one...
By retrospooty on 10/18/2013 5:38:38 PM , Rating: 2
What does that have to do with anything? They make hte most reliable laptops and desktops on the market year after year. They bought the Thinkpad line from IBM and not only continued the quality when most people assumed they would cheapen it and make quick profit ont he name... They improved it over IBM, and that is true to this day. It's not the cheap Walmart chine crap, its good shiz.

RE: Another one...
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/19/2013 10:33:08 PM , Rating: 2
By the early 1980s, Liu had achieved relative success as a computer scientist but still felt frustrated about his career. While his work on magnetic data storage was important it lacked direct practical application. He said, "We were the top computer technology research organization in China. We developed the first electron-tube computer and the first transistor computer. But we only produced one of each. Then we went on to develop something else. The work was just filed away." Liu was also anxious about his economic circumstances; In 1984, Liu had a growing family but an income of only 100RMB per month. Liu founded Lenovo (whose English name was originally Legend, in Chinese ?? Lianxiang), in 1984 with a group of ten other engineers in Beijing with 200,000 yuan and an office roughly 20 square yards in size. Liu came up with the idea to start Lenovo in response to a lack of funding at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Liu's superior arranged for the academy to loan him and the other co-founders the afore-mentioned 200,000 yuan. Of this time, Liu said, "It wasn't easy. The lowest thing you could do in the early '80s, as a scientist, was to go into business. China had a strict planned economy and there was barely room for a freewheeling company like ours."

RE: Another one...
By YearOfTheDingo on 10/17/2013 11:22:54 AM , Rating: 3
What your girlfriend really wants is a bowling ball with your name engraved on it.

RE: Another one...
By Flunk on 10/17/13, Rating: 0
RE: Another one...
By Mint on 10/17/2013 12:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Another one...
By datdamonfoo on 10/17/2013 1:51:31 PM , Rating: 2
Haha, I did get your joke. Although I don't want her meeting some French guy named Jacques at the bowling alley.

But in all honesty, I am getting this tablet for her, but I will probably be using it half the time. What's hers is mine and what's mine is hers right?

RE: Another one...
By vignyan on 10/17/2013 10:20:36 PM , Rating: 2
Let me correct that for you... "What's your is hers." That's it.. sounds true now.. ;)

The resolution is too low.
By 91TTZ on 10/17/13, Rating: 0
RE: The resolution is too low.
By cokbun on 10/18/2013 10:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
what is it with people and resolution these days? i'm using a galaxy tab 3 and i dont even know what my resolution is, it looks fine, i can read on it, i can watch recorded tv shows on it. i dont see a real benefit for a sharper image.

RE: The resolution is too low.
By animemaster on 10/20/2013 8:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
Higher resolution is easier on the eyes, often the lines of text are built with single pixels. As you add resolution it becomes smoother and easier to read without strain also allowing quicker reading. It has less of an impact on video clarity.

On windows however it is a double edged sword as the native framework never was designed for such a diversity of pixels per inch. Aside from web browsers and things like adobe reader some traditional applications and many menus even on well written modern applications become very difficult to use with higher ppi. Reading the tiny text is hard enough and clicking something 1/8th the size of your fat finger is a real pain. I think this may be the reason all four 8 inch windows tablets are 1280 x 800 and none of them went for a one of the better screens commonly used on android tablets.

Microsoft really should solve the problem with an intelligent zoom or an abstracted framework update that does not break things. Somehow I doubt they will, probably just tell everyone to rewrite every program ever written to run as a metro sexual market place app.

Dell has one like this too, starting at $280-300
By Wolfpup on 10/18/2013 11:56:05 AM , Rating: 2
If I were getting one, I'd get a Dell.

Honestly at $280-300 that these start for ($50 looks like to double the flash) these are...REALLY tempting for...probably anyone who reads a site like this!

I'm just not crazy about an 8" tablet though. 9.7" on the iPad is more useable, and actually still too small to read some content.

Lack of GPS and matching TomTom software and lack of awesome podcast support (save for just running iTunes on the device itself!) are really the only two reasons I could see for getting an iPad mini or Nexus 7 over an equivalent tablet that's a real PC.

This is almost the holy grail...I've been drooling over the idea of having real Windows (or MacOS at the time) on a PalmOS sized device. These things are probably pocketable....

By animemaster on 10/20/2013 8:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
Toshiba Encore has GPS and hdmi out (which dell is lacking) It will also do wireless display like dell if you happen to have a display that supports it.

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