Revamped $100 Acer Iconia One 8 tablet caters to families, kids, and novice users

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In addition to a bunch of all-new high-end monitors and laptops, and a Windows 10 smartphone that was previously unveiled without going into pricing specifics, Acer brings an entry-level, ultra-low-cost Android tablet to Las Vegas for CES 2016 that likely rings a few bells.

Confusingly named Iconia One 8, just like its predecessor, this stands out with a marginally different model number (B1-850, compared to B1-820), slightly newer though not exactly up-to-date software, and a children-friendly user interface.

Technically, the 2016 Acer Iconia One 8 is advertised as a “media tablet for families, children or novice users”, so the Kids Center app can probably be turned off, and full access to Google Play granted. Otherwise, only “appropriate”, pre-screened content is allowed on the 5.1 Lollipop-running slate, with parental controls even extended to the time spent online every day by its “owner.”

Unlike most kid-focused gadgets on the market, this $100 bargain looks surprisingly “normal”, sans any bundled covers or protection of sorts to drops and scratches. It will at least be available in a playful blue-backed option, as well as a stylish all-white version, the internals obviously staying the same: quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage space, 9-hour battery.

The IPS 8-inch display is merely listed as HD at the moment, which almost surely means 1,280 x 800 pixels, you get average 5 and 2MP cameras, a microSD card slot, plus run-of-the-mill connectivity features (no 3G or 4G).

As always, the European MSRP is much higher than the US tag, at €130 ($140 or so) vs $100, though the refreshed Acer Iconia One 8 will at least see daylight in EMEA first (this month), followed by North America in February.

Source: Acer

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