Acer inadvertently confirmed Iconia W4’s price tag by posting a product page for the 8-inch Windows tablet and then removing it, which means the slate may well launch in time for Christmas.
Windows RT is (pretty much) dead, long live Windows 8.1. That seems to be the message Microsoft’s tablet manufacturing partners want carried out of late, as Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, HP and Acer all look to have something in the pipeline in that department.
Windows 8.1 fall tablet roadmap includes 10-incher from Dell, Surface Mini, updated Acer W3 and more
Following what can be kindly described as a middling first wave of Windows 8 and RT-based tablets, most tech-savvy folks probably expected Microsoft and its partners to dial it up a notch come the fall of 2013. Or at least be a little wary about their prospects in a very competitive world.
It’s the same old story with just a slightly tweaked script. Windows-based tablets are better than Apple’s iPads, despite what sales numbers say, and the best Microsoft can come up with to prove that is through deceitful commercials that only tell one side of the story.
You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell the recent Surface RT price cuts were just the beginning of something. Something that’s now seen both the Surface Pro and Acer Iconia W3 get heavy discounts themselves.
One of the smallest Windows 8 tablets to date, Acer’s Iconia W3, has gone through a long teasing process in the past couple of months, becoming official just a few weeks back and being up on store shelves starting today.