Acer announces Iconia One 8, a budget-friendly tablet set to hit the US next month

Acer just announced a new budget-friendly tablet from the Iconia series. Iconia One 8 is one of the cheaper tablets out there and it will reach North America next month, when it will get the price tag of $99. if that’s not cheap for a tablet, what is?


Acer Iconia One 8



What does $99 get you in a tablet?


Acer Iconia One 8 is a weak tablet with a large screen, but what can more you expect for the price? It’s still good enough for kids and the usual browsing, video watching and occasional games. Iconia One 8 spec list:


  • 8-inch HD screen at 1280x800p
  • MediaTek quad-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage plus a microSD slot
  • 4600 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.




Don’t hope for an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow either; Acer doesn’t usually get the Android update treatment to its devices very fast; plus, this is a cheap device. Few OEMs actually update their cheaper devices anymore. Acer mentions some software features that could make up for the lack of Android 6.0, if you choose not to look that way. EZ WakeUp allows users to double-tap the screen in order to wake up to a specified app. EZ Snap allows users to use a three-finger pinch for screenshots and the system doctor lets you manage app memory. Additionally, you get a pre-loaded kids UI that will help you set things up for your kids easier.


Acer Iconia One 8 will be available in the Middle East, Asia and Europe first, with prices starting at around 129 euros. Next month is will also arrive in the US, where it will cost only $99. with its unimpressive specs, this tablet is quite a bargain for your younger children that don’t desire an expensive iPad yet!


Source: Acer



Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 – new cheap tablet to upgrade the first Mi Pad

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is a new tablet coming from this Chinese manufacturer, and it was shown off for the first time earlier this week, along with the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. This is an upgrade from the previous Mi Pad device, a 7.9-inch tablet launched a while back.




What makes Mi Pad 2 so special? Well, for starters, its price! This tablet will sell for $156 in China, where it is available at the moment. It looks pretty good for a cheap Android tablet, but it has nothing out of the ordinary aesthetically speaking. There is one thing though, you can upgrade the storage space from 16GB to 64GB (this model sells for $203) and this model will also let you choose between the Android OS variant and the Windows 10 one. Although many may want to try the Windows 10 interface in order to be able to stream Xbox One games from the living room, most still prefer Google’s mobile alternative because of its functionality (and lack of keyboards or styluses could factor in).


Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 specs:


  • 7.9-inch 1536 x 2048p display
  • quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/ 64 GB storage with microSD slot
  • Android OS/ Optional Windows 10; with MIUI 7
  • 8 MP primary camera
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 6190 mAh battery.


Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 will be available in dark grey and champagne gold color variants. We have no info on when the tablet will be available in the western world yet.


Source: GSM Arena

News Updates/Software

NVIDIA SHIELD tablet gets TWRP support

The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet finally received TWRP support today. After a year and a half of usage, Nvidia’s tablet is finally getting some Team Win Recovery project support, even if it did manage to satisfy people’s Android experience on a larger screen for a while without any software changes.





You could always choose another version of custom recovery to flash if you really wanted a different experience, but nothing compares to the real deal. The tablet lost some of its awesomeness already, so you can have fun with it much easier and light-heartedly now.


Although the SHIELD K1 tablet is basically the same thing with some minor changes, we are not sure if this support will work for it. K1 is also one of the best tablets on the market with great Android support.


Source: TWRP


Pixel C tablet teased by Google – premium build Android device with smart keyboard

Chromebook Pixel C is the newest addition to the tablet panoply that Google keeps indulging us in. The tablet runs on Android and it is part of the high-end Pixel line. Considering that previous Pixel products have been running on Chrome OS, the move to Android seems strange, but expected. This is a great way to expand the series into more than plain ol’ Chromebooks. It could even become the tablet/laptop equivalent to the Nexus line.


Pixel C tablet


What’s inside a Pixel C?


The new Google tablet has released the following specs:


  • 10.2-inch 308ppi touch display (brightness level 500 nits)
  • NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor
  • Maxwell GPU
  • 32/64 GB of storage
  • 3GB of RAM.


The Pixel C is also sporting one of the best features the Chromebooks have enjoyed so far: the light bar. It looks fabulous and it is also useful because double tapping it will show you your renaming battery.


Pixel c laptop


But it also has a keyboard! And the keyboard looks bad-ass! It allows the tablet to attach itself magnetically to the the keyboard and it connects via Bluetooth. The whole system is smart because it lets you know when the keyboard is safe to use and when it is hidden behind the device. The tablet charges the keyboard battery inductively when it is closed too!




Pixel C will be available soon (in a few months) and its price-tag will be $499 for the 32GB version and $599 for the 64GB version. The keyboard is not included in the initial price though, you have to pull out $150 more to get it and transform your tablet into a universe.


Source: Pixel


Verizon’s LG G Pad X leaked in photos by @evleaks

Verizon’s LG G Pad X was leaked today and the images come from our old friend @evleaks of course. It seems that retiring is just not in his veins as the famous Twitter user just keeps busting out mobile news even though he announced his withdrawal from the leaking game months ago. If you’ve ever seen an LG tablet before, it’s no new news really, but it is a new product though.


G Pad X


The new Lollipop tablet seems to be made from brushed aluminum – partially at least – and there will also be some stereo speakers in the back. There’s plenty of room for the Verizon logo you can see everywhere, as usual. There’s no news on the spec front yet, but the screen looks around 8.3 inches. It also looks like an upgrade from the usual budget LG tablets already out there.

Source: @evleaks via AndroidPolice