Acer has recently confirmed the roll out of their tablet-laptop hybrid running on Windows 8 and November 9 is the red-letter day for the Iconia W510 Windows 8 tablet. Latest reports indicate that it will definitely match up with Apple’s iPad on the tablet side of the market. The upcoming Acer device is a 10.1-inch tablet that has an HD display with a 1366 x 768p resolution. It will be powered by an Intel Atom chip that bears the “Clover Trail” code name and a 2GB RAM. The Iconia W510 tips the scale at 1.27lbs and has a thickness of 0.35 inch.
Other key specs of the Acer hybrid gadget include an 8MP camera on the rear side and this is paired with a 2MP front-facing camera. The Iconia W510 comes in 2 variants – the 32GB tablet and the 64GB tablet. The Acer Windows 8 hybrid device also features a port for micro-USB and a slot for microSD card. The iPad-matching Acer device touts of the cutting edge instant-on technology, which as the name implies, allows a 1.5-second shift from standby to full-operation mode. The device is capable of re-establishing connection with wireless-hotspots that have just been used in just 2.5 seconds.
The other half of the hybrid story of Iconia W510 tablet is all about the trackpad and keyboard dock, which will transform the tablet into a 0.84-inch thick, 2.63-pound netbook. The dock comes with a USB port and a separate battery which can support up to 18 hours of uninterrupted operation. With the tablet alone, users can only get 9 hours of uninterrupted operation.
Latest reports indicate that the 32GB variant of the Iconia W510 tablet will be sold for $500 and the 65GB variant for $600. There is no confirmation yet whether Acer will allow for a separate purchase of the dock and offer the tablet as a stand-alone purchase at a price of about $500 for the 32GB variant. What has been confirmed so far is that the tablet-laptop hybrid will sell at $750 for the 64GB while the Windows 8 Pro model will have a tag price of $800 and this purchase will include an extended 2-year warranty plus the dock.
A major challenge with this new generation of hybrid design is on the reference of the “ideal size” that will provide for the perfect middle ground for both a tablet and a laptop. Specifically, Acer and other manufacturers of tablet-laptop hybrid devices will have to determine the screen size that is most optimal. The sweet spot for tablet is usually at 7-inches while for the laptop, it is normally at 13 inches. At 10.1 inches, the Iconia W510 appear to be a on the right track. However, some experts insist that it comes out short and becomes cramped when it is paired with a standard-sized trackpad or keyboard. Some quarters believe that 11.6 inches is the ideal size. While it may be a bit too big for the tablet standards and somewhat small on the laptop side, the size is seen as the perfect middle ground for a hybrid device.