Acer has just announced the new-gen Iconia Tab 7 budget tablet which can double up as a smartphone as well. Ideally, the tablet would be used with a bluetooth or a wired headset to make calls, which is a bit of an inconvenience for something which people are supposed to carry with them throughout the day. But if you don’t like headsets, Acer had added an earpiece as well, so that you can hold it against your ear like a regular smartphone. Not sure how practical that sounds, but Acer thinks the Iconia Tab 7 is very portable.
The tablet comes with a 7 inch display carrying a resolution of 1280 x 800, a quad core MediaTek chipset and Android 4.4 KitKat while Acer hasn’t shared details on other aspects of the hardware yet. There’s no 4G LTE on board, so users will have to settle with 3G networks on this one. Acer is primarily targeting Europe, Asia and the Middle East with the Iconia Tab 7 where it will be offered for a local equivalent of €149 ($206). There’s a special variant for Mexico in tow with a slightly lower display resolution of 1024 x 600 and a price tag of MX$1,990 ($152). We’re guessing this variant uses a slightly older chipset as well.
Acer also announced the Iconia One 7 tablet for $130 with availability slated to commence in May. This tablet features a 7 inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, an Intel ATOM Z2560 processor and a set of cameras. However, this tablet currently runs on Android 4.2 with the KitKat update said to be on its way.