Word is that Microsoft will launch the second-generation Surface tablet next month at BUILD, including a smaller unit with an 8-inch display.
Acer, on the other hand, is already one step ahead, with sources familiar with the matter claiming that the company has already completed the development of an 8.1-inch device that's likely to hit the market shortly after Windows Blue goes live.
Engadget has come across a pre-order page on Amazon that allowed users to reserve an Acer Iconia W3 before the public launch, even though no specifics on the release date are available.
According to the listing, which was removed a few hours ago, the tablet features an 8.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x800, an Intel Atom A4 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Pricing is expected to start at $379.99 (€290).
Acer Iconia W3 is very likely to be powered by Windows 8.1 / Blue, as the tech giant Microsoft is believed to be tweaking its next Windows release in order to handle smaller devices as well, including 7- and 8-inch tablets.