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Acer officially launches Icona W3 – the first 8.1-inch tablet powered by full Windows 8

News   •   Jun 04, 2013 20:51 BST

Acer has officially launched the Icona W2, the first 8.1-inch tablet powered by full Windows 8.

The company announced in a press release (see it here), “Acer today unveiled the Acer Iconia W3, the industry’s first full-featured 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, bringing entertainment and full PC capabilities into a single hand. With Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed at no additional expense, the Acer Iconia W3 is the ultimate mobile companion.”

Summarizing the tablet’s features, Acer said, “The Iconia W3 provides an unprecedented tablet experience, with a design that is compact enough to use comfortably in one hand for reading and web browsing, and a screen large enough for entertainment and desktop applications. It’s ideal for professionals, students and families who want the ease of a one-hand tablet with access to programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.”

Michael Birkin, Chief Marketing Officer at Acer, said, “With the Iconia W3, Acer is giving those who create, read, work and play in the Windows environment a device they can hold in one hand that does it all. With the combination of Windows 8 and a sleek 8-inch design, the W3 is a joy to use and a better way to have fun and productivity on the go.”

The Acer Icona W3 will be available later this month. The 32GB variant will cost you €329 (£280). The 64GB variant will cost you €379 (£325). The keyboard dock will cost you €69 (£60). The case will cost you €25 (£20).

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