Earlier this month at Computex 2013, the Taiwanese giant Acer announced the world's first 8-inch Windows 8 running tablet PC - Iconia W3, along with updated Aspire S3 and S7 laptops.
The tablet which has been introduced by the tech vendor to rival against Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad Mini also comes with an optional Bluetooth keyboard which makes Acer Iconia W3 a hybrid tablet Ultrabook convertible. These days, the street is abuzz with rumors of Acer all set to announce the Aspire W3 and Aspire P3 in India soon.
Last week, The Economic Times reported that "Acer will soon announce the world's first small-sized tablet based on Windows 8 in India." However, the report did not mention about the pricing of Acer Aspire W3 in India.
Now, this morning GizBot spotted the first sign of Iconia W3 release in India along with Acer Aspire P3. Shot in the picture above, a Croma Gadget Fest catalogue came along the New Delhi edition of Hindustan Times newspaper, which flaunted the new additions to the stores.
There it was seen that in the Acer section, the advert highlighted Acer's new touch series devices (could be a notebook or simply Windows 8 running tablets and hybrid devices). In total, four products were mentioned - the Aspire P3, the Aspire V5 Touch Notebook, Aspire E Series Notebook (non touch notebook) and Aspire W3??! Well, surprsingly, the specifications of Aspire W3 as mentioned in the catalogue are all similar to Iconia W3. Hence, it can be assumed that in India the Acer's pilot Windows 8 tablet could be coming uncer the Aspire series.
When it comes to pricing, Acer is still playing hide and seek game with Indian consumers. One thing is clear from the advert that these devices are coming pretty soon in India. The Iconia aka Aspire W3 is an 8-inch Windows 8 running tablet with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It comes with MS Office and can even run desktop applications. Acer claims battery can run up to 8 hours on a single charge. The tablet packs Intel powered 1.8 GHz dual core processor and 32GB of internal memory which can be expanded further. You also find a 2-mega pixel rear as well as front facing cameras. Connectivity features such as HDMI and Wi-Fi connectivity. Internationally, it is being priced at Rs. 24,235. Acer Aspire P3 is a Windows 8 running tablet with a detachable keyboard cover.
It has a 11.6-inch IPS display with resolution of 1,366 X 768 pixels, Intel Core i3/I5 processor, 2GB/4GB of RAM, 60GB/120GB of SSD storage, USB 3.0, an HDMI port, a 5-mega pixel rear facing camera, 72op HD quality front facing camera among other features. The Aspire P3 can be purchased (International price) for $799 (Rs. 42, 994).
The story has been updated, editorial changes made by Akansha Srivastava.