Over the past couple weeks, we’ve been seeing a new surge of interest from manufacturers in really budget-priced tablets running full Windows 8.1 on some decent enough hardware. We had Dell and the Venue 8 Pro, then yesterday’s Lenovo Miix2. Today, we have one more name to add to the roster, as Acer shares news of its Iconia W4.
Keep in mind, we only just saw Acer launch the Iconia W3 four months ago at Computex in June, and now we’re moving on to its sequel. We’re still looking at a 1280 x 800 eight-inch display but this time the screen’s reportedly of much higher quality – a big complaint with the W3. We also see the W3’s Clover Trail Atom replaced with a Bay Trail chip, now running at 1.8GHz. There’s a five-megapixel rear camera, two-megapixel front-facer, and options for either 32GB or 64GB storage, expandable via microSD.
If you’ve been following that Dell and Lenovo coverage, those specs are going to strike you as quite familiar – all these tablets are packing some nearly identical hardware – well, internally, at least. Acer tries to stand out with some neat accessories, like its fold-into-a-stand Crunch Cover, but it has one big strike against it: its price.
Whereas those Dell and Lenovo options start at $300, Acer’s Iconia W4 is $330 for 32GB or $380 for 64GB. We realize it’s not much more, but why pay extra if you don’t have to? Acer’s going to have its work cut out in making a case for why its tablets are more valuable than its competition’s.