Acer has announced the Iconia W510 tablet running Windows 8 that has an optional laptop dock. The 10.1-inch tablet packs an Intel Atom Z2760 processor (1.5 GHz) and 2GB of memory. It is available with 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage.
The W510 is thin (0.35-inch) and light (1.32 lbs.) and has both an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front for full HD video conferencing. The IPS screen (1366x768) is covered with Gorilla Glass 2 for protection. The screen can be inserted "backwards" in the laptop dock to form a presentation mode with the screen facing away from the keyboard.
Acer is quoting 9 hours of battery life for the tablet and 18 hours total with the laptop dock due to its second battery. The display snaps into the laptop dock turning the unit into laptop replacement. There is a large buttonless trackpad on the dock.
Branching into the Windows 8 tablet space is a natural fit for Acer. The company has been producing similar tablets based on Android for a while, and is a major producer of Windows laptops.
The Iconia W510 will be available in the US and Canada starting November 9, shortly after the launch of Windows 8. There will be three Windows 8 (not Pro) models available ranging from $499 (32GB tablet only) to $749.99 (64GB tablet with laptop dock). A fourth model, Iconia W510P, will be $799.99 for the 64GB tablet, laptop dock, 2 year warranty, and Windows 8 Pro.