Despite their recent beef with Google over Android, Acer has launched their new Acer Iconia A110 Jelly bean tablet that they unveiled back in June at Computex and confirmed about a week ago. The device has finally come to the market and in my opinion, this is one tablet that is likely to take on Nexus 7 head to head. The crucial point to note is that it is just about a twin of the Nexus 7 that did so well in the market except that Acer went a step further and covered a few issues and included some features missing from Nexus 7.
One drawback on the tablet though compared to Nexus 7 is the lower resolution of the screen. The Iconia has a 7 inch screen with a 1024 X 600 pixels resolution while Nexus 7 boasts of a 1280 X 800 pixels screen. The tablet however comes with a microSD card slot for memory expansion which Nexus 7 misses and sports a quad core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory, a front 2MP camera for video calls and chats and a 3420 mAh battery. Like the Nexus 7 though, this tablet does not have a rear camera (what a bummer!) but it has all the other standard tablet features including Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI and Android Jelly bean operating system.
Acer’s press release did not mention anything on the pricing and expected date of arrival for the tablet but our good friends at eBuyer have confirmed that they are already selling the tablet and it is selling for £179.98 in the UK, an equivalent of $292 in the US. This is pretty steep if you ask me, considering that the 8GB version of Nexus 7 sells for just $199 in the US. This is almost $200 more, It is not worth the price tag to get a Nexus 7 with a lesser display quality but an added microSD card slot. If Acer is serious about taking on Google and Asus on the mini-tablet Android market, they should start with their pricing.