Because Amazon.com accidentally leaked the Acer W3-810-1600 -- the world's first small Windows 8 tablet, PCWorld reports. We've heard a fair bit of buzz surrounding smaller Windows 8 tablets coming our way, but this is the closest we've come to official confirmation. Look at it, you can almost taste it.
Amazon yanked the page pretty sharpish, but not before eagle-eyed Web sleuths nabbed a screengrab. The display is 8.1-inches, making it the first Windows 8 tablet under 10 inches. There's 32GB of flash storage, and the fact it says Silver in the product description hints it'll come in other colours too, but we don't know for sure. Under the bonnet is a dual-core Atom processor clocked at 1.5GHz, with 2GB of RAM, and a 64MB graphics card. It has one USB port, a 2-megapixel rear camera, and measures 8.62x5.31x0.45 inches (219x135x11.4mm).
It's priced at $379.99 (£244), but expect a more direct dollar-to-sterling conversion when it hits these shores.
Smaller and cheaper tablets like the Nexus 7 and iPad mini have been flying off the shelves, so Microsoft needs to respond somehow. Hopefully diddy devices will open up Windows 8 to those put off by unwieldy sizes and prohibitive prices.
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