The Google Nexus 7 tablet by Asus will face its first real competitor soon. The Acer Iconia Tab A110 is due to launch in the UK at the end of September, and it’s the first device to have a chance to come close to the Nexus 7 in terms of the price per features ratio.
The A110 was unveiled during Computex in June, and it packs a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 7-inch touchscreen, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of built-in storage. It’s 11.4 mm thin, and will cost £179. That’s £20 more than the comparable Nexus 7, but the Acer will have one big advantage: a microSD slot.
That will allow you to buy an 8 GB microSD card and overall get a cheaper 7″ tablet with 16 GB of storage than what you’d pay by getting a 16 GB Nexus 7 which is priced at £199. And, of course, you could even throw a 32 GB card in there, in which case you’d have around 40 GB of space on Acer’s new tablet.
The Acer Iconia Tab A110 will be released running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will come soon after. That said, always up-to-date software remains a selling point for the Nexus 7 that Acer’s new tablet simply can’t compete with, it seems. So in the end you’ll have to decide what’s more important to you: software updates or that microSD slot.