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Acer Iconia W4 tablet official as Acer tries 8-inch Windows 8 again

Acer Iconia W4 tablet official as Acer tries 8-inch Windows 8 again

Acer beat rivals to the punch with an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3, but it's already time for its replacement, the Acer Iconia W4, to be revealed. Set to deliver Windows 8.1 on an Intel Atom 1.8GHz processor sometime this month, the $330 tablet isn't exactly a huge surprise, and nor is the W3's rapid demise so disappointing; we - and others - complained so much about the mediocre display, that Acer has given the Iconia W4 a new IPS LCD panel with Zero Air Gap touch.

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Dell Venue 8 Pro and 11 Pro Windows 8.1 tablets trounce Surface Pro 2

Dell Venue 8 Pro and 11 Pro Windows 8.1 tablets trounce Surface Pro 2

Dell has taken the wraps off two new tablets in its resurrected Venue range, the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro running Windows 8.1. The Venue 8 Pro puts Windows 8.1 on an 8-inch HD IPS touchscreen with an optional digitizer pen and the chance to add integrated LTE, with Intel Atom Baytrail under the hood. As for the Venue 11 Pro, that steps up to a Full HD 11-inch display and a detachable keyboard for easier text entry, with the same Active Stylus option.

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Intel Bay Trail aims for Android and Windows 8 hybrids

Intel Bay Trail aims for Android and Windows 8 hybrids

Today Intel has revealed their plans for the Bay Trail collection of Atom Z3000 Series Processors, making clear that they're aiming for devices that are small but powerful. This line of SoC is headed for tablets, phones, and everything in-between packing Intel's newest Silvermont architecture for next-generation processing finesse. This is not Intel's first move into the mobile smart device universe, but it's certainly its most serious.

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Toshiba Encore hands-on: 8-inch Win 8.1 tablet gives Acer competition

Toshiba Encore hands-on: 8-inch Win 8.1 tablet gives Acer competition

8-inch Windows 8 tablets didn't get off to a particularly auspicious start, with Acer's Iconia W3 struggling to impress with its lackluster display, but Toshiba is hoping the Encore will turn around the trend. Announced at IFA 2013 today, the Encore puts Windows 8.1 on an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 screen run by an Intel Atom Bay Trail T processor and 2GB of LPDDR3 memory; best of all, the display is a wide-angle HFFS panel, which has the viewing angles, consistency of color, and brightness that the Iconia W3 lacked.

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