Acer to roll out an 8in Iconia W4 tablet with Windows 8.1

Acer today debuted its 8in Iconia W4 tablet, equipped with the updated Windows 8.1 operating system, and new features for a sharper display, enhanced clarity, and faster performance.

The compact-yet-spacious tablet runs a fourth-generation Intel Atom processor, boasting eight hours of battery for video playback, and up to 10 hours for Web browsing.

"The Iconia W4 brings productivity and media consumption on-the-go to the next level," the company said in a news release. "It targets active and professional users who want a tablet that's easy-to-carry and convenient for the multitasking they do — all in one sleek device."

Expected to start shipping in the US this month, Acer's next-gen tablet will cost you $329.99 (£204) for the 32 GB model, and $379.99 (£235) for the larger 64GB device.

The tablet features a 16:10 ratio, with 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution and an IPS display that provides consistent images, colour, and brightness; the advanced technology also eliminates the touch-screen ripple effect. Additionally, the Zero Air Gap tightens the space between the touch panel and LCD module, reducing reflection and boosting readability.

Other specs include micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports, as well as room for 32 GB of added storage. Plus, with a 2-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear cam, users can shoot photos and video in up to 1080p.

Pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Edition, the tablet also provides new features like Microsoft InstantGo, which automatically refreshes apps and data whenever an Internet connection is available.

While the Iconia W4's screen size and usability doesn't fall far from the Iconia W3 tree, the new incarnation has slimmed down, weighing only 412g and measuring 10.7mm thin — less than its predecessor, which stands at 499g pounds and 11.43mm.

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