Amazon’s Kindle Fire broke every tablet price barrier we knew last year, when it hit the market, and many technology enthusiasts at that time predicted the advent of affordable and reliable Android-based slates.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and we’re still waiting for Amazon to come up with their second-gen Kindle Fires and for Google to out that much awaited Nexus Tablet. Before seeing these, however, you should take a look at Acer’s new Iconia Tab A110 7-incher, a gadget that looks almost too good for its price.
Unveiled at Computex Taipei without much glitter, the A110 is a redesigned and rehashed version of the A100 set to only cost around $200. Packing a snappy quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor under its hood, the new Iconia Tab A110 doesn’t have a release date just yet, but hopefully Acer will make this available before the outing of the Nexus Tablet.
The 7-incher’s design might not be the most original or innovative, but the matte, scratch-resistant and finger print-resistant back is a very nice touch. Measuring 11.4 mm (0.44 inches) in thickness, the A110 is a bit on the bulky side, but looks robust enough to take a hit or two.
Aside from the quad-core processor, Acer’s new 7-incher will come with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board memory, a 1024 x 600 pixels resolution display, a microSD card slot, HDMI, and a front-facing camera. There’s no rear-facing shooter, but the rest of the specs are pretty darn impressive and beat Amazon’s Kindle Fire by a mile.
In fact, the guys at The Verge, who’ve spent a few minutes alone with the tablet, have put it to a very quick Quadrant test. The results have been more than satisfying, with the A110 being slightly slower than the Asus Transformer Prime, but significantly snappier than Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, both of these tablets being more expensive than what Acer is planning to charge for the 7-incher.
The A110 is also set to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with very few customizations and UI tweaks, which should be a blessing for anyone looking for the best and “purest” software.
Aside from the A110, Acer is also planning the release of a new 10-inch tablet, going by the name of Iconia Tab A210. The big guy will be sporting a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution display and will also come packing an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset.
The rest of the features include 1 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal memory, a 3,620 mAh battery, the running of Android ICS, a USB 2.0 port, a microSD card slot, a front-facing camera, and optional 3G connectivity. There’s no rear-facing shooter here as well, so chances are the A210 will also come at a decent price for its specs (hopefully under $300).
Are you intrigued by Acer’s new Android tablet duo? Will you be looking to purchase either of the two gadgets when they start selling? Let us know below!