Acer Shows Off Iconia W510 and W700
Acer is one of manufacturers expected to release early Windows 8 devices. Just days after Microsoft published the Windows 8 Release Preview; Acer announced two Windows 8 tablets that is expected to ship in a few months. Details on both devices so far are thin, no information on RAM, internal storage, dimension and the like. Acer uses “W” instead of “A” to connote the use of Windows 8. The Taiwanese company also drops the “Tab” from the product name. The Iconia W510 and W700 use x86 architecture and this will allow both tablets to run the Windows 8 in desktop-mode; improving versatility and compatibility significantly. On the other hand, tablets running ARM-based processors such as Nvidia Tegra 3 and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 will use Windows RT, which doesn’t support desktop applications and will feature Metro UI
The W510 will feature clamshell detachable keyboard dock, which extends the battery life up to 18 hours. On the other hand, Acer bills the Iconia W700 as the “performance” device with 11.6” (1920 x 1080) display. The W510’s price tag is expected to fall somewhere between $400 and $800, while the W700’s between $800 and $1000.