Now it is though and the main goal is obvious: preserve everything that Acer did right with the Iconia W3, the world’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, and improve what didn’t work the first time. And as you might well know already, W3’s Achilles’ heel was the display.
In theory, the new screen doesn’t drastically up the ante, conserving the old panel’s 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. Yet the IPS (in-plane switching) and “Zero Air Gap” technologies should do wonders for the brightness, color reproduction and most of all viewing angles.
In the meantime, the on-board software has been bumped up one level, from Win 8 to 8.1, and the laggy Intel Clover Trail CPU has been swapped for a much more advanced Bay Trail chip. What else? Oh, yeah, the rear-facing camera now comes with a 5 MP sensor in tow (the front snapper is 2 MP), there’s micro USB, micro HDMI and microSD support and the basic config packs 32 GB of on-board storage.
A basic configuration that costs $330, which at first may not seem like a lot. Then again, if you look at the big picture, you’ll notice Lenovo’s Miix 2, a very similar slab of silicon, goes for 30 bucks less. So close, Acer…