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Acer Aspire Switch SW5 shows-up at reseller.

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It’s a brave reseller that breaks what we assume would be an NDA in order to gain the SEO advantage so hats-off to Brack in Switzerland who give us the first real detail about the Acer Aspire Switch SW5. This Baytrail-T based 2-in-1 is clearly on the production line and looks to be the upgrade to the W510 that we had running on Clovertrail last year.

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Acer Iconia Tab W4 (3G) Review

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Acer Iconia W4

In our fifth 8-inch Windows Tablet review we’re taking a look at the Acer Iconia W4. Acer were the first to bring an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet to the market but the W3 really wasn’t at all an impressive device. The W4, however, looks a whole lot better and performs a whole lot better thanks to the upgrade from Clovertrail to Baytrail. We’ve also got 3G on board which makes it one of the first 8-inch Windows tablets to have the feature. Read-on for the full Acer Iconia W4-821P 3G 32GB review.

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IDF and BUILD – What to expect for Windows Tablets

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It’s going to be one crazy day for me on Wednesday. Two important events will take place that will give us a deeper understanding as to what’s going to happen with Windows tablets this year. Intels IDF event takes place in China and later in the day Microsoft kick-off their BUILD developer event. I’ll be covering them both.

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Acer Iconia W4 (3G) Overview Video

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The Acer Iconia W4 is a recent addition to the 8-inch Windows tablet scene and it brings with it a full line-up of specifications that include HDMI, GPS, large-capacity battery as well as an interesting set of keyboard accessories. There’s a 21Mbps 3G version available too and that’s the one we’ve got here. Thanks to Acer Europe for sending it over for review.

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Video – Acer W4 Overview, Lenovo Miix 2 8 Summary Review, Q&A.

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Live session has ended. Recorded videos below.

 In the Hangout this evening I presented the Acer W4 (HSPA+ version) and the Lenovo Miix 2 8

YouTube Videos will be made during the show. Bring cold beer. I’m likely to stay on until 2300 for Q&A.

 

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Hands-On with 8-inch Windows Tablets: Thinkpad 8, W4, Miix 2 8 Windows Tablets. (Videos and Notes from MWC.)

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P1160602This completes my assessment of every single 8-inch Windows tablet out there today. I’ve fully reviewed the Toshiba Encore WT8, the ASUS Vivotab Note 8 and am currently reviewing the Dell Venue 8 Pro. At MWC last week I got hold of the Lenovo Thinkpad 8, the Lenovo Miix 2 8 and the Acer W4 to complete the flush. I spent as much time as I could trying to work out where they fit and sure enough they all have their position. All three devices I tested at MWC are good tablets but the Thinkpad 8 is definitely the more advanced of the three with its impressive 8.3-inch 1920×1200 screen and light weight. The Lenovo Miix 2 8 is a good looking tablet and offers all the basics in a lightweight and smooth-edged unit but it was the Acer W4 I was most surprised at. With a 19Wh battery, 3G (option), HDMI, two keyboard accessories and a very good IPS screen it seems to have pulled together an impressive product.

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How-To Upgrade the Acer C720 Chromebook with an M.2 SATA from MyDigitalSDD

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Acer C720 Chromebook Upgrde (7)_thumb[13]You might know M.2 as NGFF, the ‘next generation form-factor’ for plugin modules on laptop and small-form-factor motherboards.  You can find out more here but in short, it’s either a SATA or PCIe interface to modules like SSD, LTE and the like. MyDigitalSSD kindly sent a half-height M.2. SATA over along with a $199 Chromebook so here’s the how-to, video and results of the Acer C720 Chromebook upgrade.

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Acer Iconia W4 Live Pics, Live Site, More Specifications.

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Following a tip-off that the Acer W4 might actually be shipping in Asia we took a deeper dive into search results and although we can’t confirm the Iconia W4 is shipping it does seem there are some prototypes doing the rounds. An article from Japan gives us some nice pics, comparison with the Iconia W3 and a look at the device manager. There’s an Acer Singapore product page ‘in the wild’ too.

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The Acer Iconia W4 is being promoted as a portrait-mode tablet which makes sense given its handheld sizing. It looks like its slightly less wide. It’s not, but it is thinner, and it looks a lot nicer than the W3. Charging comes via MicroUSB port and there’s MicroSD and MicroHDMI…

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Stereo speakers, mic, power and volume rocker also shown in the pics. Webcams have been confirmed as 2Mp (front) and 5MP (rear.) For those worries about the screen the article states that the screen is better than the screen on the W3, which was a major issue for many. Broadcom WiFi a/b/g/n module looks like it’s dual-band. As for the accessories, you’ve got the crunch folio and the keyboard stand. We’ve found some RRP pricing in Singapore. The crunch folio is SG$49 (US$40) and the Bluetooth keyboard with folio is SG$89 (US$70) which could make it quite attractive to travellers. With USB charging and the HDMI-out you’ve got a seriously capable, lightweight modular PC.

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What do you think? Check out the other Baytrail-T tablet options here  and let us know.

Official Acer Singapore Iconia W4 information.

Source: Mynavi.jp where there are more pics and notes.

Acer Iconia W4 Appears Briefly on Acer US Website. Reveals Specs, Price, Model-ID

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Acer must be close to shipping the Iconia W4 Baytrail tablet. Not only has their website leaked the specs and price but Acer Maysia have confirmed the W4 for December.

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We’ve added the full specifications to the database here and we’ll start tracking and adding more information as we see it. RRP for the 32GB version is $329.99 but there are a couple of things to note. The battery is a 2-cell, 4960mAh unit which would normally be 34Wh but that just sounds way too big. We think Acer have put two cells in parallel for a 3.7V module, meaning 17Wh.  What is certain is there are ports. MicroHDMI, MicroSD and MicroUSB.

Full Acer Iconia W4 specifications here.

View all the Baytrail-T devices together here.

Mentioned on the Iconia W4-820-2894 page is a “physical keyboard.” We suspect it will be the same unit as shipped with the Iconia W3 and lets keep our fingers crossed that it’s included for the $329.99 price.

Amazon.com have the product in their site (aff.) but it’s not linking to a sales page yet.  B&H also have a sales page and are showing the 64GB model for $379.00. Availability here is shown as “End of” Jan 2014.

Source: Google cache.

Acer Malaysia news source.

The gang’s all here – the Acer Iconia W4 officially announced

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Almost immediately after the release of the W3 8-inch tablet from Acer there have been rumors of and requests for a successor and now finally Acer has officially announced the W4, with improvements that could make this the 8-inch tablet to have.

 

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Acer Iconia W4 Small-Screen Windows Tablet in Video

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At IDF we heard about three Baytrail-T devices. The ASUS T100 was launched, the Dell Encore was shown but the Acer Iconia was only mentioned in a press event. Finally we get confirmation that it exists along with a first-look by Tomas Hochstenbach of BouweenPC.nl

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The Acer Iconia W4 is clearly going to replace the rather poor W3, a small-screen tablet on Clovertrail that didn’t really have the best specifications. With the W4 we have the Intel Atom Z3740 (Baytrail, 1.3Ghz quad-core) and 2GB of RAM.

  • Screen: 1280×800, wide viewing angle
  • 5MP Rear Cam
  • 2MP front cam
  • Micro-USB, MicroSD card reader, a Micro-HDMI, Headset port.
  • 5-point Multitouch
  • GPS
  • BT4, Wifi b/g/n
  • Windows 8.1 (Office included)

The price is said to be €330 euros for a 32GB version which, considering the Toshiba Encore is €299 and has the same specs, could be too much. Acer often plays at the lower-end of the pricing ranges so perhaps we’ll see immediate discount to €299. Expect a US equivalent (pre-tax) price of around $300.

In the video below you’ll see a surprisingly thick tablet. Did Acer simply upgrade the Iconia W3 internals?

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Source: BouweenPC.nl

Acer W3 Screen Test

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Have you been thinking about the Acer Iconia W3 since the price was reduced? A full Windows 8 tablet with a full Web experience, flexible connectivity and a weight of just 540 gram / 1.2lb? I have. At $299 it’s a UMPC at almost giveaway pricing. It even comes with a Microsoft Office license!

The problem is that the screen is cheap. The viewing angles are tight, there’s a mesh-like layer which reduces clarity and it’s only 1280×800 in resolution.

I had a chance to get the W3 in my hands last week and took four photos that show the viewing angle problem. It is, in my opinion, a real problem for usage in landscape mode. At video-viewing distances, not a major issue but for reading, it’s pretty horrible. In portrait mode, however, it’s not an issue, and that’s how I’d be using the W3 most of the time if I had it because thumbing across the bottom is way easier in this mode.

The choice is up to you though. If you want a UMPC, this is your only choice below 10-inches until the Lenovo Miix 8 or other small formfactor Win 8 tablets appear.

Personally I’m sticking with the Acer W510 that I’ve grown used to and am very close with now. Along with a cheap ASUS Fonepad I’ve got it covers all angles. I would, however, be interested in a lighter 10-inch tablet/2-in-1 with 3G and Windows 8.1. Perhaps later in the year!

Note: I’m on tour at IFA (Berlin) and Intel’s Developer Conference (San Francisco) next week. I’ll bring you any UMPC-related information I uncover.



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