Acer is launching new versions of its 8 and 10 inch Android tablets. The new 8 inch models are aimed at consumers and come in a  choice of ten different colors, while the new 10 inch tablet is designed for education and comes with Google’s education tools for use in classroom settings.

But probably the most interesting thing about the new Iconia One 8 and Iconia Tab 10 tablets is that they both feature Acer’s new “Precision Plus” touch sensors which allow you to use just about any pencil, pen, or other stylus with the tablets.

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You can use your fingertips to navigate through Android apps and menus just as you would on most other tablets. But pick up a pencil and you can swipe or tap with it instead. Fire up a drawing app and you can draw with more precision than you’d be able to achieve with a fingertip. Handwriting apps should also be a lot easier to use.

Note that the tablets don’t have active digitizers and don’t support pressure-sensitive input. But the fact that you don’t need a special stylus to write or draw is pretty nifty.

Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A30)

As expected, this tablet features  10 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and Android 5.0 software.

The 10 inch tablet will be available with 16GB to 64B of built-in storage, features an IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and has 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras. It measures about 0.4 inches thick and weighs 1.2 pounds.

The tablet supports NFC for quickly sharing data between devices, has an anti-fingerprint coating, and Acer says it should last for up to 7.5 hours on a charge.

Acer plans to begin selling the Iconia Tab 10 in North America this May for $299.

Acer Iconia One 8 (B1-820)

The smaller tablet has an Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display.

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It has a 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing camera, and the tablet will be available with 16GB to 3GB of storage, features Android 5.0 software, and should get up to 8.5 hours of battery life.

This Iconia One 8 measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs about 12.5 ounces.

While the specs for this model are a little less impressive than those for its 10 inch sibling, it sells for about half the price. The Iconia One 8 should be available in North America in July for $149 and up.

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6 replies on “Acer’s new Iconia Tab 8 and 10 tablets recognize pencil (and finger) input”

  1. I just spent the last half an hour searching online for a stylus that is compatible with my brand new Acer Iconia One 8. Then I came here and saw that I could just be doing all this stuff with a pencil! Amazing!

    So, I take out a pencil. I can only find a mechanical pencil for the moment, but hey, it’s only the lead touching the screen when you’re using a pencil, right? Well, no that doesn’t seem to work. Okay, let’s try to find a regular pencil. Hmm, that doesn’t seem to work either. Break it so that it’s the wood of the pencil that’s touching the screen? Nope. How about the other end? The eraser! Not that either. Looks like I’ll be getting a stylus after all, since this “just use a regular pencil” business is just a gimmicky failure.

  2. Very cool stylus tech. Would love to see video demo of this using a pencil in a drawing and sketching app. It looks very sensitive but only shown flipping home screens. I do a lot of sketching but don’t need pressure sensitivity that much for basic sketching (I tend to use a low opacity setting and find that just going over a line a few times gets it darker for instance.) In short I think a nice fine tip would suffice and a graphite pencil probably won’t scratch your screen up graphite being a lubricant. And I always have a pencil lying around.

  3. They’re almost there.
    Up the specs and go to a 5:4 aspect ratio and they might actually have something. Seriously, if you just want to watch video go get a $70 cheapo tablet. These 16:9 & 16:10 displays need to go.

  4. These look interesting but I never understand when hardware launches with components at the end of their life cycle. Why would I want to buy a Bay Trail chipped item today when shortly I’ll be able to buy the next gen?

    1. Generally, lower prices and the newer models won’t cover the same product range until months after release…

      Minor updates also give less reason for waiting for the update… Cherry Trail mainly offers improvement on GPU performance… and it’s Broxton that’ll bring the big update but that won’t be out until either end of the year or early next year…

  5. I wonder if this will work with a resistive stylus, since
    I have a few of those lying around.

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