Smaller, cheaper Asus and Acer tablets could fill the Surface Mini void
7th May 2013 | 22:20
W8 tablets could compete with iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7
The Taiwanese manufacturer's CEO Jerry Shen said that W8 tablets are likely to fall below $300 (UK£194, AU$295), according to the Wall Street Journal.
"We're very optimistic about sales for Windows 8 tablets this year," said Shen in a follow-up comment to the newspaper.
Falling prices, shrinking screens
The cheaper price of these tablets would also mean reduced screen sizes which, surprisingly, would be a first for the Windows 8 operating system.
The current Asus VivoTab, for example, is a 10-inch device, and that's among the smallest of the W8 tablet screen sizes so far.
Although there are two versions of the VivoTab, one that runs Windows 8 and another ARM-powered Windows RT model, it's unclear whether or not a smaller Asus tablet would be limited to Windows RT.
From Asus to Acer
Asus may not be the only Taiwan-based tablet manufacturer looking to get into the mini tablet market.
A leaked set of product images for an Acer tablet fit this description on Amazon.
The 8.1-inch device, able to be gripped single-handedly, had enough room to pack a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 1280 x 800 resolution display, according to the leaked specs.
Listed as the Acer W3-810, this tablet was priced at $379.99 (UK£246, AU$374) on the quickly pulled Amazon product page.