We all know that any piece of technology is nothing without good marketing, which is why we’re pretty upset to see how Acer is choosing to (not) advertise its upcoming Iconia Tab A110 tablet.
Secretively unveiled back in June at Computex Taipei, the 7-incher looked like a winner to us, both in terms of raw power and pricing. It was pretty obvious that this little guy was capable enough to take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which basically changed the way we look at tablets.
In the meantime, Google unleashed the Nexus 7, so 7-inch tablet competition grew ever stronger, but the few of us that remembered the A110 still felt like this could be a gadget to look for. Unfortunately, we heard nothing about it ever since its unveiling.
Although we still have nothing official to report on the “Nexus 7 killer”, a rumor has surfaced online regarding the new tab’s release date and pricing. According to stuff.tv, the A110 will go up for sale in the UK at the end of September for £179 (the 8 GB version).
There’s no mention about a possible US launch in this fresh new report, but we’re willing to bet the 7-incher won’t take long to hit the States. As for pricing, we hope to see the tab selling for as less as $179, but we admit that a $199 tag won’t make it undesirable either.
Meanwhile, the Acer Iconia Tab A110 has popped up on Ebuyer.com, the official website of the largest independent online retailer of electrical goods in the UK. The tab is, of course, listed as “out of stock” with no mention of an ETA, so this is most likely the work of a zealous worker who wanted a shortcut to a favorable Google search position.
The amusing part at Ebuyer’s listing is the gadget’s spec sheet, where the A110 is mentioned as coming with “Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.1” out of the box. This also stinks of SEO optimization from a mile, although it could only be an innocent spelling error. Or, but this is a very long shot, the 7-incher might actually be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upon its release, and not ICS.
If you’ve missed the A110’s introduction from June (and you most likely did), here’s the tab’s full spec sheet:
So what do you Android enthusiasts think? Could Acer give Amazon and Google a run for their money? And does this 7-incher stand a chance without a heavy marketing campaign behind it?
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Lower display resolution and a weaker battery are two big downsides. I’m also curious how the build quality will be since the one of the Nexus 7 with it’s rubberish/leather like back is really great.
8GB main storage + sd would be too less for me. 16gb+sd would be ok so Apps could be on the device itself and media content on the sd. I’ve made just bad experiences with app2sd so I would always prefer a Nexus 7 with 16gb over an 8gb+SD.
13mm is a bit thick…but everything else looks pretty good. I’ll stick with my Nexus 7 :-)
still the same small battery as the previous A100.
Acer seems not to listen to forums, nor learn from the past!
170ppi is quite a bit short of 213ppi seen in the Nexus 7. This means a lower quality screen and from what I’ve seen on Acer’s other tablets. Low quality screen ruins it for me. Plus it is a bit thick and doesn’t look like it will be as svelt as the Nexus 7. The only plus is the removeable storage.
Acer just doesn’t screen “Nexus Killer” to me guys. I still remember the days that their stuff was bottom barrel and it still seems that way to me. Come back when a major OEM puts out a $200 tablet. I’d love to see the new Exynos in a Samsung 7 incher below $300 or an HTC with Tegra 3 for around 200-250.
how does this work in competition with the N7 because isn’t that made by acer as well? Won’t they be quazi-competing with themselves?