Microsoft Surface Mini vs Apple iPad Mini vs Acer W3 : Acer Ups the Ante, Would Microsoft Catch Up?

As Windows Blue makes greater headway into the mobile device market, Microsoft has announced its plans to partner with device manufacturers to create smaller tablets. There have been rumors about the company working on its smaller tablet or the Surface Mini, which could have a 7-8 inch screen. But it has been beaten at its own game by Acer, which had already unveiled an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet.

Called the Acer W3-810, it features an 8.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280X800 pixels and runs on Windows 8 Pro. It’s powered by an Intel Atom 1.8 GHz processor, has 32 GB of internal storage space, 2 MP front and rear cameras, a microUSB port and even a micro-HDMI port.

It weighs just over 1 pound and can run for up to 8 hours on a single charge. The tablet is priced at $379.99 on Amazon, which makes it an ideal competitor against the iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Now, we just need to see if Microsoft will also bring out a smaller version of its Surface tablet to go up against these three.

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