Microsoft has to be pleased as punch to see so many hardware partners unveil Windows 8-based products leading up to the next generation operating system's launch later this month. Today that entails Acer lifting the curtain from its Iconia W700 tablet PC. Or, as the company is pitching it, a high-performance mobile PC in a tablet PC form factor. The $800 price tag certainly matches that description, but what about the rest of the device?
The Iconia W700 sports a Full HD 1080p IPS 11.6-inch display with a 1920x1080 resolution. There aren't many Ultrabooks that boast the same resolution on an 11.6-inch panel, save for Acer's upcoming Aspire S7 Series. Windows 8 is obviously part of the deal, and so are Intel Core i3 and Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) processor options with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000.
"The Acer Iconia W700 brings the performance and productivity of a high-end PC to the tablet category," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. "Sporting a new style, innovative design and aluminum unibody construction, the new tablet PC is designed to reach new standards in ergonomics and user-friendliness, while providing the ideal platform for customers to take advantage of the many new features of Windows 8."
Storage chores are handled by either a 64GB or 128GB solid state drive (SSD), which Acer says is largely responsible for ultra fast boot times of just 6 seconds (as well as instant-resume functionality in 1.5 seconds). Other features include a 5MP rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture, Dolby Home Theater v4 sound, and a bunch of accessories, such as a Bluetooth keyboard, micro-HDMI to VGA adapter, and protective case.
The Icona W700 will be available on October 26 ranging in price from $800 to $1,000.