Acer introduces pair of very affordable Android tablets
Earlier this month, Samsung introduced its Galaxy Tab4 family, and in contrast to the recent spread of TabPRO models, we were looking at some pretty low-end hardware: regardless of screen size, all the Tab4 models shared meager 1280 x 800 resolutions. That wouldn’t necessarily be so bad, were the tablets priced accordingly. Instead, we saw things start at $200, which in this day and age felt a bit steep for devices of this caliber. Surely, someone can do a little better, right? Well, today Acer’s got a couple new tablets to introduce, and while the OEM’s no Samsung, it sure manages to come up with some low prices that are hard to ignore.
We’re looking at two seven-inch models, the Acer Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7. The One 7 has a 1280 x 800 display, measures 8.9mm thick, sports stereo speakers, and will be available in a variety of colors. It will ship with Android 4.2, but Acer promises a 4.4 update. The tablet’s powered by a dual-core Intel Atom SoC, and while we don’t have a specific battery size, the One 7 should offer seven hours of video playback. With no mention of cellular connectivity, we assume it’s WiFi-only.
The Iconia Tab 7 is similar to the One 7, but with a few key differences. For one, there are two distinct models: an 1280 x 800 option, with 5MP rear camera and running KitKat, and a 1024 x 600 model with 2MP camera and Android 4.2 (KitKat upgrade due later). We also see a change of SoC, with the Tab 7 running an unnamed quad-core component. Most importantly, it has 3G data and voice capabilities.
But what about pricing? Here’s where this pair shines: the One 7 will go up for sale in the Americas this June for just about $130. Europe, the Middle East and Africa will get the tablet even earlier in May, but will also pay a little more, at about 140 EUR. The Tab 7’s release schedule is the same, but it will go for more like $150 (though still 140 EUR) – but there’s no word yet on how pricing may vary based on those two hardware options.