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Acer launches US$150 Windows tablet, upgrades Android offerings

Mark Hachman | Sept. 4, 2014
Acer has refreshed its 8-inch Windows Iconia Tab tablet with a slightly more powerful processor, while pushing the price down further. Meanwhile, its Android lines have been upgraded.

The Iconia One 8 uses the same Intel Atom Z3735G processor and 1,280x800 IPS display as the Tab 8 W, but on a diet: The tablet is 8.5mm thick and just 340 grams in all.  Acer said the display includes a new anti-fingerprint coating, and its back cover includes texturing to make it more difficult to let it slip through your fingers. It ships in a number of color options: green, yello, orange, sky blue, white, black, pink, purple, and red. Otherwise, it runs Android 4.4 (KitKat).

Finally, there's the Iconia Tab 10, which uses a 10.1-inch, IPS 1080p display and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, the company said. 

While neither of Acer's three tablets appears to have the flash and pizzazz of what Samsung is expected to announce at the IFA show, the world is increasingly turning to lower-cost tablets--Intel, for example, has been touting the promise of sub-$300 tablets for over a year now. If this continues to be the case, Acer is well positioned.


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