Acer Predator 8 Gaming Tablet Unboxing and First Thoughts

Gamers are a niche market for a high-end pocketable tablet, like the Acer Predator 8. With the right specs, graphically demanding and very engaging games (those you’d play for hours) are simply much more enjoyable. That’s the rationale of the Predator 8, an 8-inch Android tablet with four loud front-facing speakers, rear grip pads with haptic feedback (that means vibration), good display, and the ability to run any game you throw at it. Let’s do this.

There’s a black and red gaming “tone” that the Predator aims for, a design motif taken from the Predator gaming laptop line.

  • Acer Predator features on the box's side.
  • Specs on the back of the box.
  • Let's slide out of the box containing the tablet.
  • Unboxed contents - the tablet, pamphlets, charger, charging cable. No earphones.

Here’s something I love about the user guide – it’s in infographic form. No boring tiny pamphlet to read through.

The Predator 8 is not the first locally available gaming-dedicated tablet. Cherry Mobile tried before with the Nvida Tegra Note 7 but despite its low price, it wasn’t popular. Acer’s Predator motif on its gaming tablet plus its obvious features – the four front-facing speakers and rear grip with vibration – makes this tablet stand out.

Side bezels kept to a minimum and that look is sure to turn heads. This tablet certainly doesn’t look like any other. Here’s another look at the pamphlet that intrigues me and then a glance at the specs.

Acer Predator 8 (GT-810) Full Specs

8-inch Full-HD IPS Display, 1920 x 1200 @283ppi
Predator ColorBlast techonology, 100% NTSC Color Gamut
Intel Atom x7-Z8700 quad-core processor with four threads
1.6GHz base clock speed, 2.4GHz Burst Frequency
Intel HD Graphics Gen 8, up to 600MHz clock speed
2GB LP DDR3 RAM, 32GB storage (up to 128GB via micro SD)
5MP rear (no flash) | 2MP front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth
Predator TacSense and Predator MediaMaster
Predator Quadio four-speaker setup with Dolby Audio
Android 5.1 Lollipop | 4,420mAh battery
0.3 x 5 x 8.6 in. | 350g

SRP PHP17990

There’s a case to be made for not using your phone for hours and hours of games – you’ll drain your battery. So the thought of having a tablet dedicated to games (with a bigger screen with loud, crisp sound, and haptic feedback) sure is enticing. We hope the user experience – like holding the tablet for a long time, despite those sharp edges – and the battery life (hopefully about 6 hours at least) won’t disappoint.

We’ll be back with a full review.


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for