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Acer's crazy Predator 8 gaming tablet officially launches, available Nov. 6 for $299

After showing off its somewhat-crazy gaming tablet, the Predator 8, at Computex, Acer is ready to put it on sale for everyone. The Predator 8 (officially the GT-810) is a gaming-focused tablet with lots of power and looks to match its branding.

The 8-inch 1920x1080 display is wrapped in aluminum and unique styling, sporting four front-facing speakers with virtual surround sound and "TacSense" enhanced tactile feedback from games. On the inside you have an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage (plus an SD card slot) and 2x2 MIMO Wifi for the best connection. The screen is marketed as being "highly precise" and capable of taking input from a pen or stylus, and has a 100 percent NTSC color gamut rating as well.

Acer is launching the Predator 8 on November 6 in North America starting at $299, with Newegg having exclusive on the sales for the first two weeks and other retailers picking it up after that. Those elsewhere in the world will be able to get one earlier in October, with prices at €349 in Europe and ¥2499 in China.

Press release:

Acer Introduces its First Dedicated Gaming Tablet with the Powerful Predator 8

  • Game play comes to life with Predator Quadio, a combination of four front- facing speakers and virtual surround sound, while tactile feedback is delivered through Predator TacSense
  • Exceptionally realistic visuals are delivered on the 8-inch FHD display (1920 x 1200) featuring Predator ColorBlast technology.
  • Immersive and graphically rich gaming is powered by the Intel® AtomTM x7 processor, Android 5.1, and 2x2 MIMO wireless technology for blazing-fast Internet connections
  • Extremely thin and lightweight, the dark grey brushed aluminum design is just 8.7mm thin and 350 grams light

BERLIN, GERMANY (September 2, 2015) Today Acer announced its new Predator 8 GT-810 gaming tablet, one of several new gaming devices in Acer's high-octane Predator gaming series. The sleek brushed aluminum GT-810 is powered by the Intel® AtomTM x7 processor, Android 5.1 and the latest 2x2 MIMO wireless technology, taking portable gaming to a new level of fun and immersion.

Making games, movies and videos thrilling and immersive, the Predator 8 includes a high- quality FHD display (1920 x 1200) for crystal clear viewing and incredible graphics, while Predator Quadio, four array front-facing speakers with virtual surround sound and red stainless steel mesh, deliver exceptionally realistic stereo audio. In addition, Predator TacSense makes gaming more enjoyable and memorable, enhancing game play with tactile feedback.

Thin and lightweight, the Predator 8 is just 8.7mm thin (11⁄32 inches) and weighs only 350 grams (12.35 ounces), making it highly portable and easy to hold with either one or two hands. In addition, soft texturized panels on the back make it comfortable to hold and carry.

High-Octane Performance Keeps it Real

Gamers will appreciate the raw power found on the Predator 8. The newest generation Intel® AtomTM x7 Processor with Intel HD Graphics (Gen 8 –LP) deliver extraordinary graphics and performance, while 802.11a/b/g/n wireless with 2x2 MIMO supports fast connection speeds, processing data at up to twice the speed2 of traditional 1x1 solutions. Predator TacSense provides tactile feedback which makes the gaming experience more engaging and enjoyable with a real sense of vibration. And with up to 64GB of on-board storage and expansion capabilities via a microSD card of up to 128GB, gamers have room to take their games, videos and music with them wherever they go.

Designed For Gaming

Acer has collaborated with Gameloft since the design stage of the Predator 8 to fine-tune the gaming experience. As a result, Gameloft's Asphalt 8 racing game works seamlessly with Predator TacSense to bring a realistic and immersive experience for gamers. The Predator 8 GT 810 will be preloaded3 with Asphalt 8 and 320,000 game credits (approximately US$50 value).

Top-Notch Visuals and Audio Engage the Senses

In addition to the tablet's 8-inch full high-definition display (1920 x 1200), it uses Zero Air Gap and IPS technology to deliver superior color saturation, making details easily seen from all angles, and movies crisp and clear. Taking the visuals up a notch even further, Predator ColorBlast technology brings high-quality color from professional monitors to the tablet, supporting 100% of the NTSC color gamut.

Extraordinarily powerful sound is delivered via Predator Quadio -- four front-facing speakers that deliver virtual surround sound and amazingly realistic and dynamic audio and accurate tones that are never distorted. Quadio's special algorithm distributes sound intelligently between each of the speakers for maximum clarity and volume, resulting in an audio experience that's perfect for personal enjoyment or can easily fill a room for larger gatherings or social events. In addition, Dolby® AudioTM greatly enhances the overall sound quality by intelligently optimizing the audio for various situations -- streaming a movie or playing music, connected to external speakers or listening through headphones, it delivers clear dialogue, clean highs, solid midrange tones and powerful bass.

Lastly, Predator MediaMaster is a unique Acer application that allows the audio and video set up to be customized for standard, album, movie and game use. For example, in game mode the radius of the surround sound, color saturation, and global contrast are increased, while in movie mode the bass is set to median level and the dark levels of the display are enhanced for more detail.

Highly Precise Touchscreen plays well with Fingertip, Pencil or Stylus

Providing one of the best touch experiences available, the Predator 8 features Predator Precision Plus technology, which incorporates touch sensors that are smaller and more densely arranged than the industry standard. With a higher density of touch sensors, greater control accuracy can be achieved, which is especially beneficial in FPS games. Also ideal for sketching or writing, the tablet can be used with any 2mm fine tip writing implement such as a graphite pencil or an optional Acer Accurate Stylus.

Accessories

Acer will offer a number of optional accessories for its Predator 8 gaming tablet, including covers, carrying cases, a stylus, travel adapter, SlimPort adapter dongle and gaming headset.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Predator 8 GT-810 will be available in North America for $299.99 exclusively at Newegg for 2 weeks beginning on Nov. 6. After that it will be available at other retailers nationwide. It will be available in EMEA in October with prices starting at €349, and in China with prices starting at ¥2499. Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.

The new products were unveiled today at the next@acer press event at IFA Berlin in Germany, where the company announced its latest devices and solutions for gamers and consumers for the holiday season. Visit Acer's booth at IFA 2015 in Messe Berlin (Hall 12/101) or learn about the new product range on acer.com/predator.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

32 Comments
  • Looks killer for sure. Not sure about only 2GB of ram though.
  • That's exactly what I was thinking
  • I like the speakers and shape but when you consider the specs on a phone these days it makes you wonder how tablets 4 times the physical size 2 times lower components. Battery and memory should scale up as well as resolution. Wacky cross boarder pricing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not into a gaming focused tablet for only Android mobile games. No PC streaming app? I said the same thing when they announced this. There's no real hook in my opinion. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I want this for the name alone.
  • "Hey what's your tablet?" "It's the Predator. It hunts iPads." Google knows why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch. And they're willing to sell it to you.
  • _____dead Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't they realize that one of the best parts of a good gaming experience is a good quality screen? 1080 on an 8" screen is pitifully low res
  • 1080 is perfectly fine on my N7 so I don't know what are you talking about. VZW Moto X 2014/2013 DE
  • He got Super Vision and he need 4k res on 8" screen ha ha ha
  • What's the graphics chip? As a gamer, I really need to know Posted from the LG G4 "Spigen + Anime" Edition. It says "Pointy end of the S Pen goes into the slot first. NOT the other way around".
  • It's integrated Intel HD. Look up the specs of the X7 chip listed and you'll find it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • http://ark.intel.com/m/products/85475/Intel-Atom-x7-Z8700-Processor-2M-C... 200Mhz 16 Execution Unit GPU with 600Mhz burst speed. This thing should really be running Windows with 4 to 8GB of RAM. Android games are not even going to push this thing. At least with Windows you have the option to install Steam and run games at lower resolution even though the games would not look that great in some instances you'd at least have the capability of running more modern games because you have a quad core chip with a more recent Intel HD graphics core inside of this thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't know there was an "Anime" Edition phone?!?
  • "Okay guys, we're going to make a gaming tablet. What should the design be like?"
    "It should be extreme."
    "I don't... what does that mean?"
    "EXTREME!"
    "All you're doing is shouting 'extreme' and chugging Mt. Dew. I don't understand."
    "X-TREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEME!"
  • There's nothing hardcore about Android mobile games at all. If they have Open
    GL 4.4 support and got makers of games that are on Shield TV to add support for this, then they'd have something. But this is overkill for Android games. A consumption device maybe, but this would have been better off with Windows 10. Posted via the Android Central App
  • hTC proves that ppl hate double chin, yet Acer followed =/
  • I agree with the above. How much better will Angry Birds be on this thing than on my phone? This thing looks cool, but it is pointless. Give it more Ram, a faster chip, and a built in controller of some sort, and and make it Windows 10 and then you have a cool big Steam version of a Nintendo 3ds. This is an answer looking for a question. I think it was designed by the people who made the Plymouth Prowler "Hey guys, let's make a classic hot rod that looks like it will take out everything on the road.... and let's put in a mini-van engine"
  • Looks hot although in sure I've seen this before? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does it do wireless ac because I can only see b/g/N ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I read all the previous comments and I still want this. Sure, the resolution could be better; it could have more RAM; it probably should be running Windows 10 instead, but look at it... It's a head turner and conversation starter, so it's as good as sold.
  • I agree, and the resolution/RAM/OS are not bad at all in my opinion... On par with my shield tablet spec for spec... But like you said- "its a head turner and conversation starter"... Plus it is what it is, an Android gaming tablet.
  • Here's the problem though. How does it do gaming better than any other tablet out there? Granted. It has quad speakers and force feedback, but some chipsets from two years ago will run Android games about exactly the same as high end chipsets today would. That's what my issue is. It's overkill. I like the quad speakers, I think the design is interesting,but it's overkill. There's nothing hardcore about most Android games for mobile. Swiping on a screen or tilting your device or touchscreen controls are such an overwhelming majority of Android mobile games. Sure some games let you hook up a controller via Bluetooth or USB, but Acer isn't even offering anything relating to that it seems. Posted via the Android Central App
  • i love asus its great in specification and the moduel yes of course some design are not so cool but i love the system operating and its great than other if we compare too some other designed Posted via the Android Central App
  • This tablet is light in the ass when it comes to ram Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes but don't intel chipped android devices never have source code for the kernels and isn't it like next to impossible to get 3rd party development and and ROMS etc.???
  • As long as I can play xcom and kotor. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The screen and RAM are matching the 2-year old Nexus 7. Storage is too, although it's expandable... and that rarely helps with games. Battery size isn't mentioned, but weight is, so we know it's not substantial. This seems backwards. Those who think there's no Android games that will push a phone haven't played NBA 2k and other top tier games lately. Those are just what's already here too, and anyone who actually does real gaming knows that you don't target today's games with your hardware... you target tomorrow's. To make a true gaming tablet requires great battery life, tons of storage, and a top-notch screen. This just doesn't cut it, and is barely an upgrade. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree about the poor specs. This tablet should really have 3 or 4 GB of RAM. It should have a top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. An Intel Atom processor simply doesn't cut it for a gaming focused device. Too bad the Nvidia Shield had to be recalled for their batteries catching fire.
  • I disagree. If it's going to be an Android gaming device, either Intel or Qualcomm would be fine. It doesn't really matter. The graphics are probably going to look the same and the frame rate also. There's just about no difference to me in a lot of games from device to device. I've watched the gaming hands on of most recent phones and it's just the same game I've seen over and over. I don't see a difference. I don't think chipset is going to matter for anything except maybe battery life - which I'm not sure of for this Intel chip.
  • I'm tired for reading sites posting about this new tablet, and only looking at it from a gaming perspective. Sure many of the people who buy it are going to buy it for its gaming capability, but them and anyone else buying it are not going to be playing games on it all the time. I want to hear about how it handles real world stuff and compares to other tablets of its stats. Watch a movie with it, and report how it is. Browse the Internet and report how it is (is the 2x2 MMIO leading to improved speed of pages loading?). Do a battery life test on it like other tablets. How long does ts battery last under the normal test? How responsive is it when switching between different tasks and loading up programs? Do the normal tablet benchmarks and report. If its preforms equal or better than other "normal" tablets then it might be a better choice than those other tablets that are more expensive and racking up good reviews right now. What's on the bottom of the tablet is it and HDMI port, or a USB port? No one has mentioned it.
  • I'm tired for reading sites posting about this new tablet, and only looking at it from a gaming perspective. Sure many of the people who buy it are going to buy it for its gaming capability, but them and anyone else buying it are not going to be playing games on it all the time. I want to hear about how it handles real world stuff and compares to other tablets of its stats. Watch a movie with it, and report how it is. Browse the Internet and report how it is (is the 2x2 MMIO leading to improved speed of pages loading?). Do a battery life test on it like other tablets. How long does ts battery last under the normal test? How responsive is it when switching between different tasks and loading up programs? Do the normal tablet benchmarks and report. If its preforms equal or better than other "normal" tablets then it might be a better choice than those other tablets that are more expensive and racking up good reviews right now. What's on the bottom of the tablet is it and HDMI port, or a USB port? No one has mentioned it. Edit: Oh yeah, and then from what I read its running pretty much stock Android. That sounds pretty good to me. Lets hear more about that too.