Acer PH rolls out first Windows-based 8-inch tablet

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With the computing battleground now shifting to tablets, particularly in the 8-inch segment, Acer Philippines has unveiled in the country the first 8-inch tablet running on the Windows 8 operating system.

Acer Philippines chief Manuel Wong (left), Microsoft PH head Karrie Ilagan (center), and Smart Communications exec Charles Lim display the Acer Iconia W3

Top officials from Acer, as well as from Microsoft Philippines, introduced the Acer Iconia W3 in a media launch at the New World Hotel in Makati City on Thursday, June 28.

Smart Communications executive vice president Charles Lim also took part in the launch since the operator will be the first to offer the device in its postpaid and prepaid broadband plans.

Acer Philippines product manager Dio Vasquez revealed during the event that an LTE version of the tablet will be launched in the country later this year, possibly to be carried again by Smart.

The touchscreen device, priced at P19,900, is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz processor and a DDR3 1066MHz memory. It also comes with an optional full-sized wireless Bluetooth keyboard dock for users who don?t rely much on pens.

Being a Windows-based unit, the Iconia W3 already includes Windows Office Home and Student 2013. According to Acer Philippine country manager Manuel Wong, its partnership with Microsoft allowed to company to bundle the Office suite for free in the Iconia W3.

Like most tablet, the Acer Iconia W3 is quipped with connectivity options via 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi capability or Bluetooth 4.0+EDR SW.

In addition, its 8-hour long battery life (Lithium-Ion battery (25.16W) removes any worries about frequent recharging.

The unit features a 1280 x 800 WXGA display with a Capacitive 5-touch input touch screen and Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam with 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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