Acer announces Iconia W4 release date

Acer Iconia W4
Coming this month

If you're on the hunt for a full-fat Windows 8.1 tablet to lift your January blues, Acer has one about to hit the shelves.

The Taiwain-based tech giant has confirmed ahead of the CES trade expo in Las Vegas that its Iconia W4 tablet will be available from the end of January starting at €299 (around £247/US$407/AUS$452).

For that, you'll bag 8 inches of pocket-sized (deep ones, natch) tablet that houses Intel's Atom Bay Trail CPU, clocked at 1.8GHz, which Acer claims gives it the legs to go for 10 hours on a single charge.

That's not so hard to believe: the Iconia W3 that came before suffered from a poor display with terrible viewing angles and its comparatively weaker Clover Trail CPU struggled to get much done, but its battery life impressed thanks to Intel's low-voltage chip.

Wide boy

It looks like Acer has corrected the Iconia W3's display misgivings with the Iconia W4, fitting it with an IPS variant with a 1280x800 pixel-resolution panel that provides 170-degree viewing angles. Other specs of note include a 2MP 1080p front camera, and a 5MP rear camera that shoots videos in 1080p.

As with its predecessor, Acer's Iconia W4 comes Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 pre-installed and arrives with a dedicated keyboard accessory in tow. The Acer Crunch Keyboard is made of leather, measures 5.33mm thick and folds out while being used as a tablet stand. It connects via Bluetooth 3.0 and is rechargable via micro-USB.

That can be twinned with the Acer Crunch Cover that apparently adapts to multiple angles depending on how you want to use the device. Finally, Acer has outed a Power Bank, which can charge the device for up to four hours.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.