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Taiwanese giant Acer may still have a bright future ahead, but not as a PC maker. With falling sales of notebook and desktop PCs, Acer is concentrating its energies on connected devices. At this year's IFA, we saw a premium ranged smartphone with latest chipset. Let's not forget that Acer is also into tablet devices.
Acer Iconic W3, an 8-inch Windows 8 powered tablet was announced in June at the Computex tech show. It seems that Acer has already planned to launch a successor to Acer Iconia W3-810 in the coming months. The supposed Iconia W4-820 is said to be the true successor to Iconia W3. In fact, Acer was planning to release the Iconia W4 at the IFA tech show, but it never came in front of consumers.
According to a French technology website, Acer is seriously planning to announce a successor to Iconia W3 in the month of October. Dubbed as Acer Iconia W4-820, the tablet would have an 8.1-inch IPS display having resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
The device is also said to have a 1.86 GHz quad-core processor, thanks to Intel Atom Z3740 chipset (Bay Trail Atom processor). The tablet should arrive with Windows 8.1 OS. It would also have a 5-mega pixel camera on the rear and a 2-mega pixel camera on the front. Other connectivity features (Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and HDMI) would be similar to its predecessor. Reportedly, the Iconia W4 will be made available in the market around October at €329 (Rs. 27,807).
Acer Iconia W3 was not a successful product by any means. The biggest drawback of the tablet was its display. Moreover, the device was launched in India at Rs. 30,499. With a price tag of Rs. 30,000, the tech vendor was competing against Apple iPad. These two factors worked against Acer's strategy. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates.