Acer Takes On SHIELD Tablet With Its New Eight-Inch Predator 8 Gaming Tablet
Gaming tablet. Those are two words I honestly didn’t expect to say side-by-side about anything aside from SHIELD Tablet, but alas, here we are. It looks like Acer thought there should be something more in this market, because it just officially announced its Predator 8 gaming tablet. Sounds mean.
As the name suggests, this is an eight-inch device, which has a 1920×1200 display resolution. It also has four front-facing speakers and virtual surround sound, which Acer refers to as Predator Quadio. It’s powered by an Intel Atom x7 processor, and runs Android 5.1 out of the box. On paper, it sounds like a pretty solid device.
But then you see it.
I’m not going to say it’s ugly, but…well, let’s just say the design isn’t for everyone. And it still looks exactly like it did back in April. Have a look:
Unlike SHIELD Tablet, Predator doesn’t come with its own controller – instead, Acer built it with tactile feedback, much like a traditional game controller should be…only on a touchscreen. So, basically, some games will still feel a little wonky if you’re the type who hates touch controls.
At only 12.35 ounces, the Predator 8 is pretty light, and at just 8.7mm, it’s equally as thin. The back of the device is brushed aluminum, so it may actually feel pretty good to hold, too.
According to the press release, it will have “up to 64GB of storage and expansion capabilities via a microSD card of up to 128GB,” but it only offers one price ($299), so I’m not sure how to take that. Hopefully 64GB is the standard, because honestly that’s a good place to start for a gaming unit.
Acer is boasting that the Predator 8 has “one of the best touch experiences available,” thanks to its smaller, more densely-arranged touch sensors. This supposedly offers better control and accuracy, and even allows things like graphite pencils to be used as a stylus (though I don’t imagine that’s a good idea). Acer also has its own stylus – called Accurate Stylus – which will be available for Predator 8.
The Predator tablet will be available in North America for $299 beginning on November 6th, exclusively at Newegg for the first two weeks. After that, it will be available at “other retailers” nationwide.