Acer's new Iconia W3, announced today at the Computex show in Taiwan, is the first to cram full-fat Windows 8 into a dinky 8-inch tablet.
The W3's screen is a 1,280x800-pixel affair, giving a fairly basic density of 186 pixels per inch -- better than the, but not as good as the . Acer promises 8 hours of battery life.
It runs on an Intel Atom chip, has front- and rear-facing 2-megapixel cameras and comes with Office Home & Student for free. Weighing 540g and 11mm thick, it's significantly thicker and heavier than the iPad mini.
It'll be out later this month for €329 (around £280) for the 32GB version and €379 (£325) for the 64GB model. You'll pay extra for the keyboard dock (pictured below), which pairs via Bluetooth and is the same size as you'll find on 13-inch laptops. It'll set you back €69 (£60), with Acer's cases starting at €25 (£20).
If proper Windows is what you're after, that's a good deal less than, a 10-inch tablet with the full desktop version of Windows, that'll .
Similarly sized slates on mobile operating systems, such as the iPad mini and, are available cheaper because they have 16GB options -- £269 for the iPad mini and £159 for the Nexus.
Comparing like with like, a 32GB iPad mini is much more expensive than the Acer W3 at £349, while the 32GB Nexus 7 is cheaper at £199. Both have dearer 3G versions, whereas the W3 is Wi-Fi only. Unlike both of those tablets though, the W3 has expandable memory with up to 32GB cards supported in its microSD slot.
We'll have a full review of the Acer Iconia W3 as soon as we get our hands on it. In the meantime, what do you think of the W3? Tempted by a teeny tablet running Windows? Or is it too small for serious business? Let me know in the comments, or over on our perfectly formed Facebook page?