New iPad mini and Nexus 7 2 to meet Acer Iconia W3


The tablet PC market space has got a lot more crowded in recent times and was arguably kicked off with the launch of the original iPad only three years ago. In the coming months though we are set to see even more devices being released, and the new iPad mini and Nexus 7 2 are to meet the Acer Iconia W3.

The recently announced Windows 8 Acer Iconia W3 tablet is likely to have a fight on its hands in the coming months trying to attract consumers. The device that features an 8.1-inch LCD display at a resolution of 1280 x 800 that is powered by a dual core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.8GHz, while storage comes in either 32GB or 64GB flavours that is expandable via microSD card.

It is priced at $349.99 for the cheapest version of the W3 and could bring it above what the next versions of the iPad mini and Nexus 7, although the Nexus 7 will be slightly smaller. There have long been rumours that the Nexus 7 refresh will feature a Full HD display surrounded by smaller bezels, making the device easier to hold in the hand.

Other specifications are expected to include a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor along with 2GB of RAM with a 5-megapixel rear facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel unit around the front. Unfortunately the device will probably come with non-expandable storage which will be the same as the devices main rival the iPad mini 2.

The next smaller tablet PC from apple will be going up against the 2nd generation Nexus 7 this year, and there have been mixed reports whether the device would feature a Retina Display. Most recent claims have suggested the device will have a display with a resolution of 1024 x768 along with a slimmer design powered by an Apple A6 processor.

This will also come running the new iOS 7 operating system but the iPad mini 2 will likely be the most expensive of the three devices but until it is announced officially we won’t know for sure.

Are you planning on getting a new tablet in 2013?


5 thoughts on “New iPad mini and Nexus 7 2 to meet Acer Iconia W3”

  1. AL says:

    Don’t forget that the Nexus 7 and Nexus 7/2 will be expandable using an OTG cable and any USB memory stick. I store my movies on a 32gb USB drive which I use when away on either my Nexus 7 or my GS3 mobile. So expandability is not really a problem… Funny how reviewers seem to forget this… as the Ipad mini will not be expandable at all in any way, shape or form… same as any other Apple tablet or mobile phone.

  2. GTRsdk says:

    The only way I’d buy a W3 is if I could put Linux onto it.
    But it either isn’t very easy, or hasn’t been popular, as Ubuntu Touch only officially supports Nexus devices, with community support for non-Nexus devices (and older Nexus devices).
    But even then… Next Nexus 7 would probably be the best. I want to be able to play N64 games on it with my friends and family.

  3. AMtlk says:

    I’m getting Nexus 7.2 if it arrives in July, because I am using almost every Google service available and Nexus is probably the best option to experience Android OS. But, if I have to wait till fall, I might option for iPad mini 2 which also has all those apps but will certainly be better built quality (you know all about those screen-lift issues and issues with digitizer on Nexus 7).

    I really hope that Asus won’t produce the next Nexus (there are rumors that Quanta is manufacturer of Nexus 7.2), because of all those built-quality-related issues.

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