Acer takes on Nexus 7 with $230 Iconia Tab A110

Acer's Iconia Tab A110

Acer’s new Iconia Tab A110 becomes available on Oct. 30 in the U.S. and Canada for $229.99 and offers consumers another 7-inch Android tablet choice. The small slate will compete against rival tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7. Like the latter tablet, Acer’s Iconia Tab A110 ships with Android 4.1 software and runs on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor.

Those who compare hardware¬†specifications¬†will notice that Acer’s new tablet has some key differences from its competitors. Instead of a high-resolution display, the 7-inch capacitive touchscreen on the A110 uses a 1024 x 600 panel; that’s a bit of a let down since this resolution was standard on small Android tablets a year or two ago.

The device also comes with just 8 GB of internal storage, although a microSD expansion slot supports up to an additional 32 GB of storage. Memory tops out at 1 GB; the same as most competing small tablets. A microHDMI jack connects the Iconia Tab A110 to an HDTV, something that’s not supported on Google’s Nexus 7,

All in all, Acer’s new tablet adds another choice to the growing market of small Android slates, but — on paper, at least — doesn’t stand out too much from the crowd. And if the rumors are true that Google is considering a $99 version of its Nexus 7 with 8 GB of memory, the Iconia Tab A110 could be too little, too late.

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