Acer Iconia W3 may get swift update after complaints

17 Jul 2013
Acer Iconia W3

Acer Iconia W3 compact Windows 8 tablet could be refreshed in September with better screen and less bulk

Acer is expected to update its 8in Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3, despite only releasing it last month.

The company will tweak its pioneering compact tablet, replacing it with a thinner, lighter successor in September, according to an Acer spokesperson speaking to Dutch site Tweakers.net.

That’s after the original hardware, the first 8in device to run Windows 8, was panned by critics, including PC Pro. The 500g tablet was slammed as bulky and poorly designed, while the screen was criticised for its low quality.

According to the spokesperson, the follow-up will cut some of the bulk. It could also feature an upgraded IPS display rather than the current LCD screen, but it's unclear if any other components will change.

The spokesperson didn't confirm whether a new screen would affect the price of the tablet, which currently costs £275 excluding VAT in the UK.

Acer wouldn't confirm whether a follow-up is due in September, but said it was still committed to the Iconia W3, and will continue to sell it.

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