First revealed to the world back in October, the new Acer Iconia W4 which made its debut in Malaysia at PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC today is pretty much the Taiwanese company’s second attempt to deliver full Windows 8.1 experience in a small 8-inch form factor. Joining the ASUS Transformer T100 which was released in October, the Iconia W4 is also the second Windows 8.1 tablet to be powered by the Bay Trail-based 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 processor in our market.
When the Iconia W3 was released into the market earlier this year, the device’s TN display was criticized for its low brightness and bad viewing angles. Acer promised to fix that problem and true enough, the Iconia W4 is equipped with an 8-inch 1280×800 IPS display instead that is way brighter and also has a better viewing angle than Iconia W3’s display.
The new tablet also features 2GB LPDDR3 memory and a built-in 64GB eMMC as its internal storage. As per most tablets out there, there are not much I/O ports on Iconia W4 as we are looking at micro USB, micro HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a microSD card slot. There is also a pair of stereo speakers located at the bottom area of the tablet.
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To complete Iconia W4’s hardware package, Acer have also equipped a 5-megapixels camera at the back of the tablet alongside a 2-megapixels on the front. However, there is no flash for Iconia W4’s main camera though which is rather unfortunate even though users might not use it often.
Another improvement that Acer have implemented on the new Iconia W4 over the older Iconia W3 is its physical dimension. The new tablet is actually slimmer than its predecessor at 10.8mm and surprisingly, it is also lighter than Iconia W3 at 430g despite the fact that it carries a bigger 4960mAh batter. Acer have claimed that Iconia W4’s battery is able to last up to 8 hours of video playback or 10 hours of web browsing.
Aside from Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 which comes standard with Iconia W4 in the form of redeemable code, most of the pre-installed software in the tablet came from Acer themselves such as Acer Explorer, Acer Media and Acer Portal. The company have also came out with two optional accessories for the tablet which includes Acer Crunch Cover and Acer Crunch Keyboard but somehow, none of them were displayed at Acer’s booth in PIKOM PC Fair at KLCC.
In conjunction with this weekend’s PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC, Acer Malaysia are offering it at RM 999 (instead of its standard retail price of RM 1099) at their booth throughout the 3 days event. Interestingly, we were told that a 3G version of Iconia W4 will be released next year which obviously going to transform Iconia W4 into a highly mobile Windows 8.1 device.