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Acer Iconia W3 may get swift update after complaints

Acer Iconia W3

By Shona Ghosh

Posted on 17 Jul 2013 at 10:54

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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User comments

It's a load of tat!

No-wonder MS peed off its OEMs, particularly Acer, by making Surface.
OK so MS's efforts are bigger and pricier, but Acer's effort is plastic & nasty - like a £99 Android "no name".

It's not only Acer, of course, but Lenovo aside, none of the mainstream PC makers seems to have sussed that quality sells. Apple has luxuriated in the "Classy" niche for far too long. It's not only the name, (say it quietly) some Apples are now actually GOOD VALUE - high-quality and great performance.

Lenovo has twigged and is OK.
Acer et still seem to be trying box-shifting in a market that no-longer exists.
They're also trying to sell tat in a new market that demands a look and feel that apes, even if it does not equal Apple's iPad. Surface, for all its V1.x faults, at least managed, and exceeded that.

By wittgenfrog on 17 Jul 2013

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