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Acer intros new Iconia Tab 8 Android tablet, quad-core Intel Atom processor on board

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Acer intros new Iconia Tab 8 Android tablet, quad-core Intel Atom processor on board
Not long after introducing the Iconia Tab 7, Acer today announced another Android tablet: the Iconia Tab 8 - which, of course, sports an 8-inch display. Unlike the Iconia Tab 7, the new Acer Iconia Tab 8 offers features that almost (though not really) make it a high-end device.

The 8-inch IPS display of the Iconia Tab has a 1,200 x 1,920 pixel resolution and anti-fingerprint coating, so it should provide a pretty good user experience. The new tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor which, coupled with 2GB of RAM, is enough for most (if not all) your multimedia and multi-tasking needs. Other features include dual speakers, a 2MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera, microSD card support, and 16GB / 32GB of internal memory. The tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and comes with Acer's Touch WakeApp (“which lets users quickly and easily wake up the Iconia Tab 8 with a simple touch gesture”). Weighing 350 grams, the Iconia Tab 8 has an "anodized silver metal back cover", and is 8.5mm-thin. 

Acer expects to launch the Iconia Tab 8 in the third quarter of the year (thus starting July) for €199. The company didn’t specify the markets where the tablet will be available, so for now we don’t know if it’s going to be released in the US.


source: Acer

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posted on 30 May 2014, 13:36 2

1. sgodsell (Posts: 3046; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Not a bad chip. 1.3ghz up to 1.86ghz, 22nm, 2 watt, 64bit, hardware virtualization, 4 cores, 4 threads, supports up to 4gb of ram.
http://ark.intel.com/m/products/80270/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3745-2M-Cache-up-to-1_86-GHz#@product/specifications

posted on 30 May 2014, 13:42

2. sgodsell (Posts: 3046; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Wow, its only $30 per CPU.

posted on 30 May 2014, 14:05

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Yeah, not bad at all. Especially with stock-ish Kitkat.

posted on 30 May 2014, 14:18

4. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1506; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


But it still has the same unimpressive GPU with just 4 EUs...
Not bad for a $200 tablet, but nothing to write home about either.

posted on 30 May 2014, 15:14 1

5. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


It scores 17 FPS on T Rex while the Galaxy S4 scores 15 FPS so it isn't too shabby for an Android device.

posted on 30 May 2014, 17:14

11. UglyFrank (Posts: 1544; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


the S4 scores 17FPS, the LG G Pad 8.3 scores 15

posted on 30 May 2014, 17:25

12. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1506; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


No, not too shabby, but not impressive.
I just would like tablets with better chipsets even if they are a bit more expensive.
Is there even one tablet with a Snapdragon 800?
The only one I know is the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet, and none in the 8 inches range... Too few choices in the mid to high range.
I have a Nexus 7, whose GPU is similar to this one, and some games are slowing down or skipping frames altoguether.

posted on 30 May 2014, 22:34

15. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


The galaxy TabPro 8.4 has it, along with one of the better screens out there. For $350 it really is the best deal right now.

posted on 30 May 2014, 15:35

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


It's a somewhat crippled chip in that while the chip is 64-bit, it only supports 4GB RAM. I'm sure this is likely due to wanting to keep the chip size small and memory interface a little cheaper, but it also means you can't build an Android tablet with 8GB RAM using the Intel chip.

posted on 30 May 2014, 16:12

9. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Android tab/w 8gb ram? 90% of people who own a desktop pc don't even need 8gb's.

posted on 30 May 2014, 19:21 1

13. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Android does , cause on the tab you will be instaling loads lots of apps which takes up the Ram. Every app roughly eats up 60mb Ram, so imagine having 20 or 30 x 60, 1.5Gb Ram is taken by apps then you have Android system and rest of it's resources aswell as Google's resources which takes up another 1.2Gb Ram , leaving you with 500mb Ram. Then if your browsing and opening 3tabs on Dolphin browser which takes up 1Gb Ram, so you leave with nothing , Android forcing to close apps and reopening and closing which is not good.

On W8 you don't have all these apps running at the back do we?….

posted on 30 May 2014, 19:48 1

14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


As Arte-8800 mentioned, Android is capable of doing a lot of things and needs adequate RAM for this.

If you have the browser with a bunch of tabs open, are viewing PDFs, emailing, etc. and these are all in memory at the same time, the RAM usage adds up. Android is very sluggish when RAM gets tight, so more RAM really helps.

I might add that with a desktop it is the same way. Many Windows desktops are starting to run out of RAM, even with 8GB, when you are multitasking between a bunch of apps.

Keep in mind that with the market penetration of Android, even if only 10% of users were "power users", that is still 100 million+ users. So for some goodly fraction of these people, having a tablet with more RAM would be quite beneficial.

posted on 30 May 2014, 16:09

7. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


$199 ? why the hell is the W4 (with a worse screen, and clunkier) so more expensive ??

posted on 30 May 2014, 16:10

8. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


For what it's worth, it said "€199" not "$199".

posted on 30 May 2014, 16:57

10. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


missed that, thanks...

Still, usually is 1€=1$ for the prices over here, so no real difference
the Acer W4 goes for 299€ , is some stores dropped to 279€

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