More cheap Android tablets coming from Asus and Acer this year

February 18, 2013
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It’s hard not to appreciate the Nexus 7 for setting the Android tablets bar pretty high despite its sub-$200 pricing. Since then, we’ve seen more major manufacturers trying to appeal to customers who care more about price than specs.

A recent study by CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets reveals that shipments of non-branded tablets will reach 100 million units in 2013. Trying to sway customers to choose the branded ones instead are Asus and Acer – two names that are looking to grab a bigger piece of the budget Android tablet market.

According to reports, we’ll see more 7-inch slates being released by the Nexus 7 maker before the end of the first quarter this year, with prices ranging from $120 to $300. One of its latest budget offerings is the 7-inch MemoPad, which is now available in select markets for roughly $170.

As for Acer, it looks like the Iconia B1, the 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet that’s offered for $160, has been selling well enough that the Taiwanese is planning to release more Iconia models later this year. Acer’s senior VP Scott Lin said that the 8-inch and 10-inch variants are expected to hit stores in Q3 2013 for approximately NT$6,000 ($200) and NT$7,000 ($230).

As for their goals this year, Asus is aiming to ship 12 million units of tablets in 2013, while Acer is hoping to double last year’s sales of 1.8 million units.

Comments

  • shon

    Asus memo Pad , extremely slow. I’ve nexus 7 but got Jelly bean Memo pad for gf. worse buy ever. it’s slow,sluggish. Games like temple run or subway surf are very laggy. very disappointing.

  • Bone

    A $300 fullHD 8″-er with MicroSD slot and S4 Pro would be a massive seller.

    • Simon Belmont

      Kind of like how we might see a 7 inch full HD tablet with an S4 Pro in the refreshed Nexus 7. That would be cool.

      I imagine it will likely retain the current price range too. That will be another big hit for Google.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ichuck7 Charles Chambers

    I can’t wait for the next generation of the transformer pad. Although having a Note 2 makes a tablet hard to justify.

  • pino

    wel honestly if asus wants to do that they must drasticly drop the price of theyre infinity or come with a new budged model thats isnt caled the memo pad seeing that device is worse specwise then the tf300 and costs more…
    sadly the android tablet market seem to have come to a total standstill since windows 8 hit the market.
    the tf 30 which hitts the sweet spot of android tablers with 16 rom right now is more then 1 year old and still havent seen a suitable replacement.
    are the big companys being lazy or is microsfot preasuring them not to make android tablets?
    the market is flushed with this windows 8 craplets but i have zero interest in them as the appstore is useless.
    i want a 400 euro range android tablet with specs like the acer a700 but with better battery duration as we can expect this year and a better cpu (the faster tegra 3 chip will do she slow one isnt acceptable for FHD!
    shame that they let the tablets market down go down the drain…