Acer announced on Thursday price, specs, and release date information for its Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 Tablet PCs. Acer is releasing three devices to compete with Microsoft’s own line of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Tablets. The Acer tablets will cost from $799.99-$999.99. The Acer Iconia W700 release date will be October 26st, which coincides with the release of the next generation of Microsoft Windows, Windows 8. The Acer W700 Tablets are at the top of our shopping list. We will definitely pick up one of these devices when they ship later this month.
Acer Iconia W700 Release Date gives it an Advantage over MS Surface Pro
The release date of the Acer Iconia W700 tablets is probably the biggest advantage these devices have over other Windows Tablets. It will be one of the first Windows tablets available at the launch of Windows 8 that runs the full desktop version of the Windows 8 operation system. Microsoft currently plans to release the Windows RT version of its Microsoft Surface on October 26st. The Windows 8 Pro version of the MS Surface is expected to ship months later. If Windows 8 takes off, the Acer Iconia tablets could very well take off with it.
|Compare Similar Windows 8 Tablets|
|Microsoft Surface Pro||Acer Iconia W700||Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro||ASUS Taichi|
Acer Iconia W700 Price: Too High?
The Acer Iconia W700 tablet price is about where we expected the Windows 8 version of PC tablets to be. Microsoft told us that the price of the Pro version of its Surface tablets would be comparable to Ultrabooks. Since the Acer Iconia tablets have Ultrabook-like specs, the cost of these devices are kinda of high for a tablet, yet not grossly expensive. At $800, the Acer tablet is $300 more expensive than the iPad and the top of the line Android tablets. However, the Acer Iconia has the advantage of running a full fledged operation system. This means the Acer tablets can run all of the applications you currently use on desktop PCs. This includes the ability to run Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, iTunes, and more. While it may be a challenge to persuade consumers in the market for an Apple iPad to buy an $800 Windows Tablet, those interested in buying a sleek, long lasting, portable PC may opt for what is basically an Ultrabook in a tablet form factor.
Acer Iconia W700 Specs
Here is a detailed look at the technical specifications for the Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 Tablets:
|Tech Specs||Acer Iconia W700-6607 (Buy Now)
||Acer Iconia W700-6691 (Buy Now)
||Acer Iconia W700-6465 (Buy Now)|
|Dimensions and Weight||17″ (L) x 3.28″ (W) x 9.25″ (H), 2.09 lbs||17″ (L) x 3.28″ (W) x 9.25″ (H), 2.09 lbs||17″ (L) x 3.28″ (W) x 9.25″ (H), 2.09 lbs|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-3317U 1.8GHz Processor||Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Processor w/Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz||Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Processor w/Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz|
|Memory||11.6″ 1920 x 1080 resolution LED backlit TFT LCD display w/ 10-point multi-touch screen||11.6″ 1920 x 1080 resolution LED backlit TFT LCD display w/ 10-point multi-touch screen||11.6″ 1920 x 1080 resolution LED backlit TFT LCD display w/ 10-point multi-touch screen|
|Display||4GB of DDR3 RAM||4GB of DDR3 RAM||4GB of DDR3 RAM|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000 w/128MB RAM||Intel HD Graphics 4000 w/128MB RAM||Intel HD Graphics 4000 w/128MB RAM|
|Storage||64GB SSD||64GB SSD||128GB SSD|
|Camera(s)||1280×1024, 720p front-facing camera, 5MP, 1080p rear-facing camera||1280×1024, 720p front-facing camera, 5MP, 1080p rear-facing camera||1280×1024, 720p front-facing camera, 5MP, 1080p rear-facing camera|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0||802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0||802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||1 USB 3.0, 1 Micro-HDMI, 1 3.5mm headphone/mic jack||1 USB 3.0, 1 Micro-HDMI, 1 3.5mm headphone/mic jack||1 USB 3.0, 1 Micro-HDMI, 1 3.5mm headphone/mic jack|
|Battery Life||9 hours battery life||9 hours battery life||9 hours battery life|
Source of device info: Tech Crunch
See these additional technical specifications and product information by clicking the links below:
- Acer Iconia W700-6607 11.6-Inch Tablet (Silver) Review, Specs, and Price
- Acer Iconia W700-669111.6-Inch Touch Tablet (Silver) Review, Specs, and Price
- Acer Iconia W700-6465 11.6-Inch Tablet (Silver) Review, Specs, and Price
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