Acer Iconia W4 review

Windows 8.1 tablet is highly evolved

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Such are the dimensions of phablets that holding up an eight-inch tablet to take an image doesn't leave you looking quite as daft as it did a few years ago.

It's good job, then, that the Acer Iconia W4 features a fairly competent five-megapixel front camera capable of taking crisp, well-saturated images in daylight. Images become a little harder to make out in lower light conditions due to the absence of a flash.

If you're a budding smartphone photographer, you won't be wanting to ditch your iPhone 5S or Nokia 1520 any time soon, but the Iconia W4's rear snapper is certainly a step above the lacklustre equivalent cameras found on Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. It can also shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second.

The front-facing camera is something of a different matter, lowering the megapixel count to two, which is adequate for Skype sessions or Google Hangouts but little else.

Acer Iconia W4 camera

Acer Iconia W4 camera

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Acer Iconia W4 camera

Acer Iconia W4 camera

Acer Iconia W4 camera

Acer Iconia W4 camera

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyICONIA W4-820
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelZ3740
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.33 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)415 g
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height10.8 mm
Width135 mm
Depth219 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyLPDDR3
Product SeriesW4-820
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelW4-820-Z3742G06aii
Product NameICONIA W4-820-Z3742G06aii Net-tablet PC
Product LineICONIA
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberNT.L31EK.003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Package Contents
  • ICONIA W4-820-Z3742G06aii Net-tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter