Acer has a response to Apple’s new iPad with Retina Display and it’s called the A700. The 10.1-inch tablet offers a high-definition resolution of 1,920 by 1,200 powered by a Tegra 3 processor and Google Android 4.0 software. With 32 GB of internal storage and a memory expansion slot, the A700 is priced at $450, making it a good value for Android tablet buyers.
Acer has long been known as a value brand, often selling comparable products at relatively lower prices than its peers and competitors. To do so, Acer occasionally cuts a few corners with either missing or limited features or lower quality parts here and there. As I look through the specifications, however, no examples of this jump out at me.
The 16:10 aspect screen offers 178-degree viewing angles and 224 pixels per inch, which isn’t bad. The Tegra 3 chip has already proven its performance in the Asus Transformer Prime, so it should do well in the A700. Battery life is rated at 10.5 hours of video playback or eight hours of web browsing. GPS, Bluetooth (version 2.1 only) and an e-compass are in the Wi-Fi slate. A micro HDMI port supports audio and video output to digital televisions along with Dolby Mobile 3 and 5.1-channel surround sound. And the device runs on Google’s newest version of Android with a full gigabyte of memory.
Acer says customers in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order the A700 starting today. While I don’t see potential iPad buyers jumping on Acer’s newest slate by the thousands, the A700 does sound like an attractive — and reasonably priced — tablet for the Android crowd.