Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Acer Iconia W3 to get updated display due to poor quality of current pannel
Although Acer didn’t confirm it, the most important change is believed to be in the screen technology. The current Iconia W3 uses a TN-LCD panel which, supports only limited viewing angles, meaning as soon as you start to use the tablet off-center the image quality plummets.
On the updated model, however, there’s a switch to IPS instead, which would deliver considerably greater viewing angles. It’s the same display technology as Apple uses on the iPad and Samsung uses on the Nexus 10, both of which have been praised for their screen quality.
Acer wouldn’t confirm the IPS switch, but according to TabletGuide the company has been receiving complaints from retailers about the existing screen. In fact, the concerns are so great that some Dutch retailers have reportedly threatened to remove the W3 from store shelves.
The decision to go for a TN-LCD screen was presumably one made with budget in mind, given that Acer has been pushing the Iconia W3 as a cheap Windows 8 option. The tablet runs Microsoft’s full OS – rather than Windows RT – on an Intel Atom 1.5GHz Z2760 processor with 2GB of memory, and in the US it’s priced from $379.99.