For a brief period, you could find an 8.1 inch Windows 8 powered tablet made by Acer at before it was taken down quickly off the online retailer's website.

With the restriction on screen size and other specifications lifted by Microsoft, manufacturers are working on smaller and (much needed) cheaper Windows 8 powered tablets. The first one among them is the Acer Iconia W3. Although the upcoming 8.1 inch tablet made only a brief appearance on online retailer's website, the goof up was caught by keen eyes and subsequently reported by PCWorld.

To create cheaper Windows 8 (not RT) powered tablets, a couple of features had to be cut here and there. The minimum resolution for a tablet dropped from 1366 x 768 to 1024 by 728 (thereby skewing the aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3). Here's the leaked specifications for the Acer Iconia W3:

Note that the specifications listed aren't entirely correct. The chipset isn't the Apple A4 as the listing says but rather the old (and weak) Intel Atom dual core. Screen resolution is at a decent 1280 x 800 spread across 8.1 inches of real estate. 2 GB of RAM should be enough for smooth Windows 8 operations (after all you're running the full desktop OS on the tablet). Do not expect any heavy gaming out of this tablet as Intel's Atom processors barely suffice for smooth web browsing and HD videos. Even then, for those who wanted a Windows 8 tablet for cheap and of slightly smaller dimensions (than a full 10 inches) will finally have options to pick from this summer.

Source: PCWorld