Acer Iconia Tab 8W Windows 8 Tablet Clears the FCC

The Acer Iconia Tab 8W might not be scheduled to ship until early November, but its pass through the FCC this week gave us an early look inside this $150 Windows 8 tablet.


The Iconia Tab 8W  runs Windows 8.1 on an Intel Atom Z3735G CPU with 1GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, and it features an 8″ display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800.

It also has 2 cameras (resolution unknown), Wifi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, a microHDMO port, and it weighs in at about 13 ounces. According to past reports from Acer, this tablet should get up to 8 hours of battery life.

The Iconia Tab 8W is but the latest tablet to ship with the Bay Trail Z3735G chip. this is one of Intel’s newer and cheaper Atom chips, and it was developed with low end Windows tablets in mind – in particular the type of tablet that would barely meet the  minimum hardware specs (the 1GB/16GB rule).

It’s not the first tablet to aim for the bottom, and it is by no means the cheapest (not even for Windows 8 tablets). There’s also the $99 Excite Go from Toshiba, which wastes a very powerful chip in the body of a budget Android tablet.



Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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