Is this one of the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablets?

Images of what could be one of the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablets have appeared online. While they are by no means official, the device in question looks to be the Acer Iconia W3, which packs an Intel Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” processor, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras, and a microSDHC card slot. Acer is also reportedly working on a number of accessories, including a keyboard dock (pictured) and a cover/kickstand combo.

The source, Minimachines.net, has since pulled the specs and images from its website at the request of Acer.

This leak, if true, would certainly line up with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 codenamed “Blue” roadmap, which is scheduled to be released in preview form at the company’s BUILD conference and then finalized in late summer. So a September launch certainly seems likely. Blue, of course, will add support for small-screen devices and include a number a number of nice features and changes for all sorts of users.

While I’m not a particularly big fan of Acer – check out my review of the Acer Iconia W510 – it’s nice to see some 8-inch Windows tablets on the roadmap. One has to wonder, however, what the Microsoft Surface team has up its sleeve.

[Minimachines.net via Engadget]
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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/Outlook.com Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.