Acer Iconia W4 8-inch Tablet Shipping in January?

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8" is too small for use with a keyboard. It's fine as a stand alone tablet, but with the keyboard it is too small. Make it an 11" tablet with a keyboard for that price and I'd be all over it. Add an extra gig of RAM while you are at it.....
 

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---- Toshiba Encore WT8/VT484,
445g, 2-cell 20Whr, GPS (BCM4752 GNSS chips), HDMI-out yes, z3740.

---- Acer Iconia W4-820,
430g, 2-cell 18Whr, Lacking GPS, HDMI-out yes, z3740.

---- Dell Venue 8 Pro,
395g, no list/Dell US, 2-cell 18Whr/info added by Dell UK, Lacking GPS, Lacking HDMI-out, z3740d (cheaper).

---- Lenovo MiiX II 8,
350g, 1-cell/Japanese page/Nov 26, 17.5Whr/Chinese page/Dec 2, (Powermark tested 6 hours 38 minutes), GPS yes, Lacking HDMI-out, z3740.

Acer W4-820 is yet no sales, the spec is based Acer's current Japanese webpage, if finally Acer W4-820 is the sales version no GPS to be unluckily.

Having better portability the 8-inch slates would more likely be using for outdoors and travel purpose, well then, the GPS and HDMI-out are more necessary, it is basic requirements for US $399 to buy this slate (64GB).

Toshiba Encore WT8 (64GB)/VT484 provides GPS and HDMI-out, the battery is 20Wh, claiming the battery life up to 14.1 hrs, or 10 hrs User scenario (65% Web / 10% Video Playback / 25% Standby), or 11 hrs by The JEITA Battery Run Time Measurement Method.
Seemingly Toshiba Encore WT8/Vt484 is slight heavier 90g than Lenovo MiiX II 8", that is actually with slightly larger battery as well as metal parts, better stuff.
 

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I'm pretty sure this is full Windows. I'm not even sure anyone but Microsoft is selling an RT device.
 

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I just got the Dell Venue 8" and I love it. Having owned an ipad and asus transformer, I like this tablet the best. I was interested in last years Acer tablet but the screen was horrible. Hopefully, they learned from that lesson. As far as processors go, intel has really stepped up the game on this one. The new atom can compete head to head and many times beats the Arm equivalents. What this enables people to do now is to run full windows 8 on tablets and be fully compatible with their laptops/desktops. As a result, I predict more and more people will begin to get tablets with windows.
 

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The CPU supports 32-bits OS and therefore can only address up to 3GB. Probably Intel doesn't want you to realize their latest Atom CPU still have some way to go before it can support 4Gb memory, and asked every vendor to include only 2Gb RAM.
 

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This is full Windows 8.1 Pro, 32-bits variant, and include a free copy of MS Office Home and Student.
 

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No on Intel's website all their newest Atom processors support 64bit OS. The D variants only support 2 gigs for whatever reason. But I thought the processor on this particular tablet was not a D variation. Also the version that support 4 gigs is the same price as the D variation that supports 2 gigs. So really I don't see a reason to not use the Atom processor that supports 4 gigs of RAM and make sure the tablet has 4 gigs. At least in my mind it would put the tablets up a notch over competitors that only use 2 gigs.
http://ark.intel.com/compare/78415,76760,78416,76759
http://ark.intel.com/products/series/76761
 

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The Toshiba Encore utilizes dual-channel memory, but only has 2 GB. I doubt that means it has 2x1GB sticks installed, but we need someone to verify this. It could actually make a bit of difference for those playing old games (say 10 yrs old, such as WoW or HL2) as the on-chip GPU uses system memory rather than separate memory like discreet graphics cards do.

When I upgraded my Sandybridge Core i5 laptop from single to dual channel operation, I gained roughly 15-20% improvement in 3D Mark Vantage. For the Bay Trail atom, it may prove to be even more beneficial or perhaps less, considering the GPU frequency might be the limiting factor. Some tests would be awesome, but that would likely mean someone tearing apart their Toahiba Encore and adding a second stick of 2GB ram..something I don't even know is possible on those small devices.
 
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