Acer's 8.1-inch Windows 8 tablet now up for preorder

Amazon and Staples are both selling a 32GB edition of Acer's new 8.1-inch tablet for $379.

Acer's new 8-inch Windows 8 tablet.
Acer's new 8.1-inch Windows 8 tablet. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Consumers looking for a small Windows 8 tablet can now preorder the Acer Iconia W3 through Amazon or Staples.

Dubbed the world's first 8.1-inch Windows 8 tablet, the 32GB flavor of Iconia W3 is going for $379 through both Amazon and Staples. Amazon also lists a 64GB version for $429.

Staples promises a delivery date of anywhere from Tuesday, June 11, to Wednesday, June 19. Amazon isn't nearly as quick, listing an estimated delivery time of three to five weeks for both models of the tablet.

Equipped with Windows 8, the Iconia W3 comes with an 8.1-inch LED-backlit LCD multitouch screen sporting a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels. The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom 1.5GHz dual-core processor, includes 2GB of memory, and features 2-megapixel cameras in the front and back.

Beyond the built-in 32GB or 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot can handle an additional 32GB. Other slots include a Micro-USB port, a Micro-HDMI connector, and an audio jack. Acer promises up to eight hours of battery life per charge. The Iconia W3 also comes with Microsoft Office preinstalled.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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