Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet goes on sale for $299 in November

Acer's Predator 8 gaming tablet has Intel's latest Atom processor under the hood, with quad speakers on the front and an Android OS.

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BERLIN -- Acer has finally pulled back the curtains on the Intel-powered gaming tablet it originally announced in June. The Predator 8 GT-810 will go on sale in North America for $299 (which converts to around £195 or AU$425) and will exclusively sell on Newegg on November 6 for two weeks. After that, it will be available at other stores.

Boasting top-shelf specs that should satisfy any gamer on the go, the Acer Predator 8 is set to become one of the zippiest Android gaming tablets around. It runs on Lollipop 5.1, houses Intel's latest Atom X7-Z8700 processor -- the same chipset that powers the Microsoft Surface 3 tablets -- with an Intel HD Graphic Gen-8-LP GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of internal storage. It's also got a microSD card slot expandable up to 128GB.

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To match its high-end internal specs, the viewing experience of the Predator 8 is promisingly spectacular. The 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution FHD screen features an impressively wide range of colors, and it claims to support 100 per cent of the NTSC color gamut -- a great feat for any screen, let alone a tablet. To enhance games, the Predator TacSense feature provides tactile feedback on the screen when gaming, supplying an extra oomph during game play.

You'll find a speaker on each corner of Predator 8. This quad-speaker set-up is meant to make gaming (or video, we assume) more immersive, with virtual surround sound. Acer's Predator MediaMaster is a unique app that helps you take full advantage of the powerful speakers. Depending on whether you're watching a movie, playing a game, or lurking on Facebook, the app has different pre-settings that optimize the screen and sound performance.

Intel showcased Acer's Predator 8 mobile gaming device earlier this year.

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The Acer tablet follows in the design footsteps of its fellow Predators, with odd angular flourishes and red edging on the corners. It weighs 0.77-pounds (350 grams) and has a 0.34-inch (8.7mm) thickness, so it's definitely portable enough to carry around everywhere -- just don't expect anything comparable to the featherweight Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 .

Even though it's Acer's first dedicated gaming tablet, the Predator 8 is the most promising one we've seen since the Nvidia Shield tablet. Due to fire hazards currently plaguing the Shield, Acer has a good shot at dethroning Nvidia as best Android gaming tablet.

International availability and pricing has yet to be detailed, so check back for more information as it's announced.

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