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Acer Announces 7″ Iconia A110 Tablet – Jelly Bean and Tegra 3 for $230

This morning, Acer is looking to dive head first into the 7″ tablet game with their new Iconia A110 tablet. Fans of low-priced, but hot spec-packing slates should definitely feel something for this device once it hits U.S. shores on the eve of Halloween. Powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor and a 1GB of RAM, this tiny powerhouse will look to fit in right alongside a Nexus 7, yet the only difference so far is that the only available size is 8GB. Although keep in mind, it does come with MicroSD support. 

Coming with the newest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware, the device sports a 1024×600 7” LCD display, weighs in at 0.86 lbs, and features HDMI-out. The tablet will hit retailers on Oct. 30 for the handsome price of $229.

What do you think? Can this tab compete with Google’s offering? With MicroSD support, it most certainly could.

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.

  • This is an awful deal, even with the microSD slot, when in a couple of weeks, you can get a 32 GB Nexus 7 with a much better screen, stock JellyBean with direct updates from Google for 20 dollars more. 1024×600 is awful.

    And remember, this is from the same company who’s CEO last year said “Tablets are a fad that will die out in the next 10-12 months” Shows you what their level of commitment will be for support. No thanks.

  • This a great entry level tablet that directly competes with the nexus 7. While it won’t receive updates even remotely as frequently as asusoogles offering it will serve the needs of lot of people anyhow. Just adding SD support alone is huge in my mind.

    These types of offerings strengthen the android tablet market that’s sucked for so long. Instead of tearing the device apart for its cost conscious specs, how about appreciating the bang for your buck factor it gives, and for how many more hands this thing will get android into?

    • r0lct

      I think Asoogles rolls off the tongue better.

      • I like it. I think I’ll use that for future references have

    • Adam Barrett

      The biggest thing I hear the other crowd (iOS lovers) barking about is the fact that Android devices don’t all get the updates where iOS devices do. Frankly they are right. For this reason alone I am leaning harder on Nexus devices than anything else.

      • I’m not arguing that fragmentation is the biggest obstacle the android os faces. I think this device is a solid choice for the average blue collar new tablet owner who’ll pick one up at Walmart and casually use it. Those people really don’t care what version of android they have so long as it works well.

      • mustbepbs

        Apple has a lot going for them though. They have two devices, a phone and a tablet. They release a new tablet every year and a new phone every year. They release a new iOS version every year. Not a whole lot to keep track of.

        Google’s problem is the plethora of OEMs with free reign on Android, plus the fact that nobody wants to stand up to carriers. Even Google has a hard time getting through to Verizon on Nexus devices (CDMA GNEX getting JB 2 months later). It’s just a mess and it needs cleaning up.

    • itznfb

      This and the GTab 7.0 don’t compete with the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 can play HD video while these can’t. That is a huge difference that makes them an apples to oranges comparison. They are two different classes of devices at the same price point. Which comes back to the micro SD card being the only selling feature of these devices.
      If the GTab 7.0 had a 1280×800 screen I would have gone with that over the N7 in a heartbeat.

  • Adam Barrett

    The external storage is calling to me. Expansion is what I want in a tablet. If only it were a Nexus or guaranteed to get updates in a timely manner. HDMI out is sexy too, but not really all the important. Something makes me want (and at the same time not want) a back camera… though I can live without that.

  • Jedi54

    8gb’s and no SD card = FAIL.

    • Adam Barrett

      it does come with MicroSD support

    • iamjackspost

      “and a MicroSD slot providing additional storage up to 32GB” Or are you upset about lack of traditional SD card support?

    • Peter Pugliese

      It comes with MicroSD support.

    • It does come with mirco sd support, did you not read the article?

  • CrysisRequiem

    No thanks, Nexus 7 over this anyday

  • azndan4

    Weak resolution and weak price. Good feature set though.

    • hkklife

      Love the microHDMI and microSDHC here but it still falls short. Take this puppy, drop in 16 or 32Gb of internal storage and a 1280×800 IPS screen and you would have a nice little N7 conpetitor, even at $250ish.
      The current crop of Android games demands MUCH more than a puny 8Gb of internal storage space.

      But with the current specs, Acer had better drop it to $199 pronto.

      • Adam Barrett

        With the external memory option (microSDHC) what does internal memory matter?

        • r0lct

          depends on whether you use the memory for media (easy go on SD) or apps (which some won’t run from SD).

          • Adam Barrett

            I might be wrong but I thought that limitation was moved from the app to the OS and the OS allows it.

          • r0lct

            I may be wrong as well as I have a GNex and am not positive. That was just my most recent understanding.

          • Some apps cannot run from the SD ie: widgets. Also some apps don’t run well from the SD ie: games.

        • Kernschatten

          No apps2sd. Everything goes to internal storage, no option to move to external storage
          Every Android tablet I’ve seen has this limitation.

          External storage is handy if you have a lot of media.

    • itznfb

      Agree. Increase res to 1280 and this price would be great and align more with Acer’s products.