Two months after the leaks first surfaced, the Acer Iconia One 8 (B1-810) have been launched in Germany, where it is taking order for 129 Euros. The price should between $129 and $149 when it’s launched in the US.
(UPDATED! Now ordering: http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Iconia-B1-810)
Acer Iconia One 8 is an 8-inch Android 4.4 tablet (said to ship with Android 4.2, but immediately upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat) in the budget class, with specs very similar to those of the 7-inch Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-750).
Inside the Acer Iconia One 8 there’s a quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1GB of DDR3L SDRAM, and 16GB storage with microSD support.
The 8-inch IPS display does at least have HD resolution of 1280 x 800, giving it a screen ratio of 16:10. It also has 10-point touch support.
It has a 7.5 hour battery life which is a little low, but maybe not surprising, given the 4420 mAh battery size.
As for the rest of the specifications, we are looking at single-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, a 0.3MP webcam in the front, though supplied with a 5MP camera on the back of the tablet.
It’s very cheap for an 8-inch Android tablet, but there are even Windows 8.1 tablets sold at that kind of price these days. Still, it’s one of the 2-3 Android tablets with a screen size of 8-inches, that are available for around that €/$ 129 – 149 price.
Anyone who can afford to go up to $179 instead would save a lot of headaches if they buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 instead, which offers better specs and more features.
– Tom Bowen