Microsoft recently confirmed that it was in fact working on smaller-sized Windows tablets for the not-too-distant future, something we’ve been expecting for a while now. With the market making a push to 7 and 8-inch tablets it was only a matter of time. Still, when will we see the first tablet with a smaller display? The newly leaked Iconia W3-810 seems to indicate the answer to that is “soon”.
The W3-810 is a mid-range 8-inch tablet with a 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor. Not much else is known about the device, but we can guess that it will be reasonably affordable considering the small display size.
IF Acer can release such a device at similar pricing to devices like Apple’s iPad Mini, it could certainly catch the attention of those that have occasional need of basic desktop Windows programs, such as those in the business world. Remember that with the power of an Atom processor, the W3-810 might not be running modern PC games or advanced PC programs, but it could certainly handle basic programs and older PC games.
What do you think of the idea of 7 and 8-inch Windows tablets, would you be interested if Microsoft and its partners can actually deliver aggressive pricing this time around?
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I have been waiting for a smaller/lighter Windows tablet ever since Surface did not fall within my need after all the execitment for Windows 8.
Waiting and hoping.
There is so much vicious negativity from Microsoft bashers these days that it makes me wonder if someone is running a massive clandestine trolling operation. The primary problem for Microsoft is that it was beaten to market, and the prizes tend to go to the ones who get there first. Playing catch-up is hard.
Actually looking at the features of Windows 8 and RT and Phone devices, they are very impressive. A lot of people reject them without looking.
I have felt for several years (since getting an original Samsung Galaxy Tab) that 10-inch tablets were too unwieldy, heavy, and tough on power requirements, and that 7-inch devices were the sweet-spot in terms of material costs, pocketability, and so on. I had always found the iPad too heavy to hold, and only usable on a stand, which defeats the purpose. I think Apple were caught out here, and the reason their iPad Mini is 8-inch is because they have a serious problem adapting apps to anything smaller.
But the Windows Modern UI implicitly uses (lateral) scrolling in the design of apps, and that makes it far easier to adapt apps to smaller screens. Also Apple and Google did not take account the possibility of multiple apps on the screen at the same time, a big problem for them, and one which has been encompassed in the Modern UI design. So Microsoft has some potential big advantages here.
All of them, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, face the problem of integrating diverse operating systems. And again potentially Microsoft has the most coherent strategy, albeit one that is hard to execute quickly.
So I look forward to Windows Blue and the 7-inch and 8-inch devices that it will support.
at the prices of iPad mini it will rule the tablet market.
I’d buy this in a heartbeat. I’m waiting for a device EXACTLY like this to replace my Nexus 7. I have a Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia 920) which I love and this would be a perfect companion for it. Built it and I will buy it.