Tablets for kids and families are becoming ever more popular, especially when they have a low price tag attached. Amazon’s Fire Kids Edition and the LeapFrog Epic started the trend. Acer has now joined in with the Iconia One 8, which is different to the other models in a few ways, one being that it doesn’t sport a super-tough body. It still comes with the benefits of kid-friendly software and features, plus a bargain price of just $100.
It has a screen that measures 8-inches with a 720p resolution, making it larger and higher-res than its competitors. Android 5.1 is installed, along with Acer’s Kids Center, a custom user interface designed for little ones, complete with a selection of kid-friendly content. Acer has added a set of parental controls, a daily time limit, and the apps on offer include games, books, and pre-screened websites.
A MediaTek quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM power the Iconia One 8, and there’s a pair of cameras onboard, too — a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. The battery’s good for around 9 hours of use, and there’s 16GB of internal memory, plus a MicroSD card slot with support for cards up to 128GB in size. There’s also a choice of white or blue back covers. For the price, Acer hasn’t messed around with the spec list here.
The Iconia One 8 will go on sale in the U.S. this February for $100, with a European, Middle East, and African launch happening just before. However, the cost will be higher, at 130 euros. Considering Amazon’s Fire Kids edition is £100 in the UK and $100 in the States, it looks like a good value. We’ll keep you updated on the Acer tablet’s release right here.