Acer debuts Iconia W3 8in tablet with Windows 8 and a surprising freebie

There aren't many 8in tablets on the market and the most popular on the market at the moment appears to be the Apple iPad Mini. So one shouldn't be surprised to see that Acer unveiled a Windows-based model called the Iconia W3 and aimed at challenging the supremacy of Apple's pint-sized tablet.

There have been rumours of an 8in Windows 8 tablet from Acer but it appeared to be slightly unlikely because that would entail cramming a one-megapixel display into a smaller-than-average display. Not that it matters but we'd argue that Windows 8 on such a small screen might not be adequate.

The Acer Iconia W3 is based on an Intel Atom Z2760 which has two Clover Trail cores clocked at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM, a front facing 2-megapixel camera, 32GB onboard storage, a USB port and up to 8 hour battery life. The base unit will cost $379 or roughly £250 while the 64GB version will come at $429 (around £275).

You can also get an optional Bluetooth keyboard docking station that doesn't unfortunately offer any expansion capabilities or touchpad functionality. What's even more surprising is that Microsoft has apparently nundled Office Home and Student 2013 with it as well. Acer has yet to say when it will be available in the UK and at what price.