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Acer will be the first of Microsoft's hardware partners to release a small-screened tablet running Windows 8, if photos purportedly leaked from the PC maker are any indication. French technology site Minimachines was the first to reveal photos and specs of the sub-sized device, which it claims will have an 8-inch screen and will …

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Re: MS tablets used to require styluses

Corrections. Its an Acer tablet. Supports keyboards for those who have applications where keyboard are useful. As also goes for Nexus, iPad etc. Stylus can still be handy too for some of us.

No need to be negative about 7/8" x86 devices which can also have Linux installed on them just because it looks like this model will be sold with Windows bundled.

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Meh

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Pants.

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What's this?

8 inch tablet running full Windows?

I'll take 5.

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I'll take 5

I'll take 5 and install Linux on them... but the principle holds, a dinky general-purpose handheld computer is a win for everyone (assuming no UEFI caltrops).

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screen aspect ratio

Please, please let these new generation of x86 tablets have a screen aspect ratio of 16:10 so as to be useable in portrait mode. Nexus 7 got it right. Come on Acer, Microsoft please no 16:9 ers.

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Re: screen aspect ratio

1280x800 is 16:10.

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> it's unknown whether that version will run Windows 8 or Windows RT.

I understood Win8 was x86 and RT was ARM; as the atom is an x86 job it should be full(ish) Win 8.

Which is nice. It should mean the RT's locked secure boot shouldn't be an issue and we can whack some Linux on there.

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And the full quote referred to rumours of a possible 7" from MS that didn't specify whether it would be Arm or Atom:

>Microsoft itself is reportedly readying a new Surface model with a 7-inch screen, though

>it's unknown whether that version will run Windows 8 or Windows RT.

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If these new smaller form factor tabs are indeed running Pro instead of RT (or some other heretofore un-announced stripped down version) I may actually consider getting one. Pricing will be interesting to see (only skimmed the article, so didn't check for that)

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Looks tempting

That's a 1.8GHz dual-core hyperthreading Atom, so I think performance is probably going to be pretty decent.

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