#AcerLiveBlog2016 : Acer Predator 8 Gaming Tablet Initial Impressions

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Along with the great line up of monitors, laptops, and gaming PCs, Acer have the Predator themed Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet for us to play with.

As you would expect from the Predator moniker, the Predator 8 is an aggressively styled 8 inch tablet, that is focused at gamers. The exact specification includes:

  • 8” FHD display (1920 x 1200) with 380nits, with Zero Air Gap and IPS technology which shows all details and colours from wide viewing angles.
  • Intel Atom x7-Z8700
  • 32/64 GB with optional SD Card upgrade
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing unit
  • Four front-facing speakers
  • ‘TacSense' vibration feedback

The aggressive styling is the thing that immediately stands out about this tablet, and it will certainly put some folks off, but if you are bored of the other bland options out there then it could be a good choice for you. The build quality feels great, and the 8” screen is superb, Acer claim its covers 100% of the NTSC colour gamut.

The 4 speakers make it reasonably large, but the quality of the sound these produce is well above average. Acer claim this is the loudest tablet on the planet, and it is certainly capable of producing a decent amount of volume.

More expensive tablets are moving away from FHD, but I personally don’t think it is required, and I doubt most people will notice the difference.

The Predator is powered by Intel's Quad-core Atom x7-Z8700 1.6GHz processor, alongside an Intel HD Graphics Gen 8-LP GPU. There’s also 2GB of RAM and the choice of either 32GB or 64GB storage, plus the option to add a Micro SD card up to 128GB. This isn’t the absolute top of the range in term of performance specification but it is certainly up there with some of the best. According to benchmarks available online, the x7-Z8700 SOC is only marginally behind the Tegra K1.

During my brief time with it, it played all the games installed with absolutely no issue, everything ran smoothly and looked fantastic on the FHD screen.

The OS is Android Lolipop 5.1, which is a little disappointing as I would have liked to see Marshmellow 6, however it should be upgraded in the future and I am just waiting on confirmation on when from Acer.

The 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing unit are both decent quality and more than enough for a tablet. The rear camera is capable of capturing video in 1080p at 30fps too.

The battery is rated at 4550mAH which is a decent sized, in comparison the Shield K1 has 5200mAH, so not a huge difference. I haven’t used it long enough to tell how well it does with that battery though.

Overall, this is a great little tablet, that is well priced and performs just as well, if not better than other more established tablet names.

It is priced at £199 and is available from Currys now.

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