Acer, with its 7-Inch Iconia Tab A110, is joining the party in the subprime market and expecting to give Amazon and Google a run for their money. This three-cornered battle became apparent when Acer dropped the bomb with the confirmation that this juicy 7-inch slate is coming out with the Jelly Bean already on board.
Acer is clearly taking the position of the “logical” option after Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire. And we are seeing further cutting in the tag price of an already highly affordable gadget. This may seem to be the logical direction notwithstanding the obvious lack of information regarding the price of this Android tablet from Acer. The official announcement was made in Switzerland sans the fanfare and hoopla through a simple press release. The “Jelly-Bean” factor will most likely make a big difference and is expected to swing the preference of users in their favor once they hit the European market before the end of this month.
Easily one of the top draws during this year’s Computex event, the Acer Iconia Tab A110 is being groomed as the main weapon of Acer as it takes on the competition within the market segment for budget tablets. And with the Nexus 7 setting the pace in this highly competitive segment, having the Android v4.1 Jelly Bean on board and microSD are the moves in the right direction. For one, it gets a step ahead of the Kindle Fire as it is still operating on the Android v4.0 platform. And having under the hood the NVIDIA Tegra 3 takes the Iconia Tab A110 alongside Nexus 7. And while both tablets have the same 7-inch display, the former still get a few steps back in the display department with at 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, and Google comes with an offering with few more dots at 1280 x 800 pixel screen.
Other notable features of Acer Iconia Tab A110 include the micro HDMI, microSD and microUSB ports. The first 2 are not provided by Nexus 7. Nonetheless, if there is one thing that will surely clinch it in favor of the Iconia Tab A110, then it would have to happen in the pricing department. A price below $200 will definitely make it a serious contender for pole position, and how far, or rather how low, Acer is willing to go remains to be seen.
With the proven sales potential of 7-inch Android slates, Acer has taken the best step forward by coming up with an offering that is expected to pose a real challenge to Nexus 7. And given the specs and features of the Iconia A110, it may well become the next big thing in the budget tablet segment.