Acer Iconia Tab 8 have been announced by Acer, just ahead of Computex where plenty of other tablet brands will announce some of their own goodies: http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Iconia-A1-840FHD
Finally we have an interesting tablet from Acer again, because the Acer Iconia Tab 8 have generally good specifications.
First of all it’s a real 8-inch Android 4.4 tablet, not a 7.9-inch tablet like the Acer Iconia A1-830. And it has a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The IPS display is built with Zero Air Gap technology.
The processor is the 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor with 1.86GHz Turbo speed. And it actually has 2GB of LPDDR3 (1066) RAM, so that means Acer can still pack some power.
There’s 16GB of ROM storage with microSD card support, while the tablet have a 4600mAh battery capacity which gives an average battery life of 7 1/2 hours.
Acer Iconia Tab 8 will be sold as a Wi-Fi model at first, with 802.11 a/b/g/n support, in addition to both MIMO support, and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Also on board is a 2MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera.
The actual case and bezel have been given a metallic finish, with typical anti-fingerprint coating on the display.
Acer Iconia Tab 8 is 8.5 mm thick and weighs 360 gram, which is the same weigh as the Lenovo Tab A8.
Release will start after July sometime says Acer, with an update coming later in the summer, when we will be told what the price of Acer Iconia Tab 8 will become as well. Though I have been told it will cost €199 in Europe at least.
With the kind of specs that it has, there’s currently only the LG G Pad 8.3 it competes against. For even better specs there’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4, but that comes with a premium price as well.
When Acer Iconia Tab 8 launches in the US, the price should be in the $199 to $249 range upon release. Tabletmonkeys will update once any new info is in.
This is actually the 4th Android tablet from Acer in the 8-inch category, as Acer was the first tablet brand to copy the 7.9-inch iPad mini form factor.
- Jim Miller