Is this Microsoft's answer to the iPad mini? Amazon accidentally reveals Acer's tiny tablet

Amazon has accidentally revealed a 7-inch tablet made by Acer and poised to take on Apple's iPad mini.

The Acer Iconia W3 - which appeared briefly on before being removed  - is the first small tablet seen running Microsoft's Windows 8 software.

Microsoft is also believed to be developing its own tablet, based on the larger Surface, which is to be unveiled next month at the firm's Build developer conference.

The listing said the W3 would cost $379.99 (£587) for the 32GB model, and come with a dual-core Intel Atom processor.

 It will launch with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, although there was no date specified on the listing.

Earlier this month French site revealed more pictures of the gadget, which is set to come with a keyboard addon turning it onto a laptop.

Microsoft is rumoured to be announcing its two small-screen Surface tablets at the Build Developers Conference in June.

 One of these is expected to be its own -  a smaller version of its Surface tablet with a 7inch screen.

The tablets are expected to go on sale later this year, and will go head to head with Apple's iPad Mini, Google's Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire in the lucrative small tablet market.

It is hoped the devices could reverse the disappointing sales of the larger Surface tablet which Microsoft launched this year.

Source : dailymail


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