The Acer Iconia W4 gets a screen upgrade, Bay Trail goodness
The W4 is essentially an upgraded version of the Iconia W3. The older model featured a pretty terrible screen with an extremely narrow viewing angle. It also housed an Intel Atom processor that was nothing to write home about.
The new W4 upgrades to an 1,280x800-pixel IPS screen, houses a Bay Trail CPU, and comes with the very latest version of Windows -- 8.1 -- installed.
From my brief time with the tablet, it seems the tablet retained pretty much the same build as its predecessor, aside from a change in color -- the W4 is black and gray instead of black and white.
The new tablet also features a Micro-USB port, Micro-HDMI, a microSD port, and a SIM card slot for a possible future cellular version.
The tablet still includes its kind of awkward-to-press Windows button on the front, but at least the screen felt responsive. Viewing angles were refreshingly wide, especially compared with those on the W3. I still think that the W3's screen is one of the worst I've ever seen on a tablet.
I'm not 100 percent sure if the tablet will work with Acer's keyboard accessory for the W3, but since their designs are so similar, I'd be surprised if it didn't.
Acer is bringing a full Windows 8.1 tablet to the market for $299, and though its seems to have learned from most of its mistakes with the W3, we'll still have to wait and see if the tablet has enough going for it to make any noticeable impact. There's no confirmed release date yet, but look for it to hit stores for $299.