With Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire lineup, and all the wonders ASUS has to offer in its Transformer series, we sometimes forget that there are other tablet manufacturers out there bringing decent hardware to the table.
To keep its name fresh in your mouth, Acer has officially announced North American availability dates and pricing for its upcoming Iconia Tab A110. Beginning October 30th, we’ll be able to get our hands on this bad boy for a wallet-friendly $230.
As for specs, we’re looking at some rather nice details here. The A110 will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and house NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor with a respectable 1GB of RAM. There’s also a micro HDMI port, so that’s an added plus for users who need connectivity options. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing a full HD display, rather it will run at a 1024×600 resolution.
Another thing I’m sure people will be disappointed with is the internal storage space — there’s only 8GB; however, Acer was kind enough to include a microSD card slot, so you have the option of expanding your space by up to 32GB. (Good lookin’ out Acer!)
If you don’t mind sacrificing display for storage, the A110 won’t necessarily be a bad buy, but with a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet with a rumored $249 price tag on the horizon, I’m not going to put my money on Acer winning the tablet wars anytime soon. Be on the look out at retailers like Best Buy and Amazon at the end of the month, should you decide to add this one to your device repertoire.
Pocket Size Power Player: Acer Introduces Iconia A110 Tablet
SAN JOSE, Calif., (Oct. 18, 2012) Acer America today expanded its Iconia™ Tab lineup with the A110, a lightweight, pocket-sized 7-inch multi-touch tablet. Available Oct. 30 in the United States and Canada, the compact and stylish Iconia Tab A110 is perfect to tote around at all times to read, browse, play games and enjoy media.
“Today’s consumers are increasingly mobile and want easy and instant access to entertainment at all times,” said Paul Tayar, senior director of product marketing for connected devices, Acer America. “The Iconia Tab A110 is another example of how Acer is meeting the needs of consumers, by providing tablet form factors that combine portability and performance for fun and gaming, at affordable prices.”
More comfortable to browse on than a smartphone, the trim A110 tablet is just 0.86 pound and less than a half-inch slim. Easy to hold in one hand for hours of comfortable enjoyment and slender enough to fit in a pocket or handbag, the tablet delivers bright and crisp images for movies, photos, books and games. Featuring a vibrant capacitive multi-touch display with 1024×600 resolution, the A110 ensures optimal screen viewing from every angle – up and down and left to right.
Powered by the latest Android™ 4.1 “Jelly Bean” operating system, the A110 tablet provides faster and smoother performance for applications and widgets. Users can customize and expand their tablet experience with ease using the Android™ Market to choose from hundreds of thousands of apps to enjoy the A110 any way they want. Also preloaded on the A110, Google Play provides users with an entertainment hub and allows one place to find, enjoy and share apps, music, movies and books from across the web. Google Currents provides free online magazines from hundreds of publishers and online.
The A110 comes equipped with the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 quad-core processor, delivering industry-leading performance and responsiveness for running multiple apps, smooth HD video, fast web browsing and console-like gaming. The tablet’s NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor features a unique Super 4-PLUS-1™ Quad Core CPU design with a fifth Battery Saver Core, which handles less demanding activities, ultimately using less power and improving battery life. The A110 supports long battery life with smart power management providing up to 7.5 hours of battery life .
Offering superior expansion and connectivity, the Iconia Tab A110 has a micro-USB 2.0 port for hooking up other devices, and a MicroSD slot providing additional storage up to 32GB and easy file transfers. For showcasing entertainment in a larger format, users can easily connect to an external LCD or HDTV via the A110′s MicroHDMI output, with dual display support.
For added enjoyment, a two megapixel front-facing web camera enables face-to-face chats or quick snaps for still photos. Bluetooth® 3.0 technology allows users to wirelessly connect to other devices such as Bluetooth printers, keyboards, headsets or speakers. The A110 also includes 1GB of memory and 8GB internal storage .
Pricing and Availability
The Acer Iconia Tab A110 will be for sale on October 30 at leading U.S. and Canadian retailers with pricing beginning at $229.99 USD and CAD.