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Here come the Windows 8 device announcements: Acer’s first Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W700, hits the market on Oct. 26 with a starting price of $799. That price includes a keyboard and unique case / cradle, giving hints on Windows 8 RT pricing.

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Acer will launch the Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet on Oct. 26 with a starting cost of $799. For that price, Acer is including a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and protective case for the 11.6-inch touchscreen slate that uses a full high definition display of 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Iconia W700 is powered by Intel’s Core i3 or i5 Ivy Bridge processor, depending on the model, with a top price option of $999.

The Iconia W700 is expected to get 8 hours of battery life, says Acer; impressive for a half-inch thick device running a full desktop operating system. is also touting the 10 point multitouch display, 6 second boot time, 5 megapixel rear camera, 720p-capable front camera and an included innovative cradle. With it, the tablet can be easily used in portrait or landscape mode with two tilting modes for a 20-degree and 70-degree angle.

Acer’s product announcement on Thursday is only the tip of the iceberg: Expect October to be filled with Windows 8 tablet news as Microsoft’s operating system is expected by month end and computer makers have had the final Windows 8 version for a few months now. The price also provides us hints of the upcoming Windows 8 RT slates that will run on ARM-powered chips and should be less expensive. Acer is typically known as a value brand, so if its Windows 8 tablets start at $799, I anticipate Acer will price Windows 8 RT slates starting in the $499 to $599 range.

  1. Me Likey!

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  2. RT will likely have a much better tablet experience due to lower heat, noise and better battery life.

    yet i have not talked to a single person interested in an RT tablet, the whole attraction to many of a windows tablet over ipad or android is the backwards compatibility with existing software. but i am worried the experience will not be good with noisy fans blowing heavy/hot air and excessive heat.

    we will see.

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  3. I already gave my order, I can not wait to come :). Hopes to be worth the money that I gave …

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  4. I don’t see the appeal. I can’t help but think this will fail.

    You can get an decent windows laptop and an iPad 2 for $900.

    This is the worst of both worlds.

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    1. True for the price you can get a cheap laptop and the cheapest iPad for the same money, but then you have 2 device to lug around, instead of just one…

      BTW What is “the worst of both worlds”? That you have a Windows laptop and an iPad?

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  5. There is a new company launching on November 5th called domeoproducts.com. They are a company that makes iPad and iPad mini cases. I have seen a couple of pictures of them online, and they look awesome, but I was wondering what you guys thought about them? I need a new iPad case, and I was thinking about getting one of them. Thanks!

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