With the dawn of the Nexus 7, we’ve seen the cost of tablets continue to come down (watch out Apple). Today at CES, Acer is showing us that the cost of tablets will continue to plummet while demand for the computing slates rises. Acer just announced the Iconia B1-A71, a 7-inch tablet that is aimed at the budget-conscious crowd. The tablet is expected to come in at the sub-$150 price range and boasts some pretty decent specs, considering the cost. Inside Acer’s offering you’ll find a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Mediatek, 512MB of RAM, a 7-inch WSVGA screen, 8GB of storage, a 2710 mAh battery and a front facing 0.3-megapixel camera. The tablet comes in at 11.3 ounces and is a mere 11.3mm thin. Not too bad for a budget device. We’re thinking 2013 will shape up to be the year of affordable tablets. Now if only Google would release that rumored $99 Nexus.
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Looks like we have some bad news for Iconia A100, Acer A200 and Acer A500 owners. An Acer spokesperson has just confirmed that a Jelly Bean update will not becoming to either of these 3 devices. While the A100 and A500 are already over a year old, the A200 was only just launched earlier this year, thus it’s quite disappointing that these devices won’t officially see anything past Ice Cream Sandwich.
Will this announcement by Acer make you guys who own these devices to root them?
Looking forward to the 2012 Olympic Games in London? It certainly seems that Acer is, earlier today it announced the Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Games Edition to mark the occasion. Early signs suggest this is nothing more than some smart marketing as the technical specifications appear to be identical to the forthcoming Iconia Tab A510. The only notable difference is cosmetic and consists of a discreet Olympic rings silver logo on the rear of the tablet.
For those of you who missed the details of the original Iconia Tab A510 the first time around, here’s a quick reminder of the highlights :-
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM
- 10.1″, 1280 x 800 touch screen
- 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options
- 9800 mAh battery
Acer says that the Olympic Edition Iconia Tab will launch in the UK around the same time that the 2012 Olympics kick off, there is no word yet on international availability. There’s also no word on pricing at this time but we would hope that it won’t be any higher than the €399 ($522) listed for the standard edition.Check out the full press release below and be sure to let us know in the comments if the Olympic branding adds any additional appeal to this high-end Android tablet.
All you lucky Acer Iconia 200 users with your fancy new ICS upgrade from a few weeks ago will no longer be standing alone. Get ready to welcome Acer Iconia 500 and Acer Iconia 100 users to your club. That’s right, Iconia fans, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich builds have been leaked over on XDA. This comes as great news since the official upgrades are not expected until April.
Keep in mind, these are almost definitely not Acer’s final ICS builds, but reports are coming in that there are no major bugs and they appear to work quite well. Interestingly, many of Acer’s typical changes are not yet present in these builds… they are almost completely stock save for a few theme and color tweaks.
Of course, installing these leaks will break root, but rest assured root access will be achieved soon enough. So if you prefer a mostly stock experience, and don’t mind losing root for a little while, give these a shot from the source links below. Just remember to use caution when flashing!
source: xda (A500), xda (A100)
The highly anticipated Acer tablet, the Iconia Tab A510 has received approval from the FCC. The tablet is scheduled for release sometime in April, and is headed for Europe. The 10.1″ tablet is equipped with a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, a resolution of 1280 x 800 and comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iterations. Input and output candies include a microSD slot, mini-HDMI and mini-USB. Keep posted to TalkAndroid for an official release date! Lucky Europeans.
Last November we told you that Acer was working on a pair of Tegra 3 powered Android tablets, codenamed the A510 and A511. Today, Acer released a few new details to whet our Android appetites.
The A510 will run Android 4.0 ICS straight out of the box, the screen measures in at 10.1-inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800. The processor is a Tegra 3 backed with 1GB of RAM. There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options available at launch. The combination of ICS, Tegra 3, a new power management and whopping 9800 mAh battery promises up to 18 hours of use on a single charge, impressive!
The A510 is expected to land in Europe in March with an extremely competitive pricing range, the 16GB is expected to start from as little as €399 ($522). Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we keep you up-to-date with the latest news on the A510 as it breaks.
source : slashgear
Way back in November we got a glimpse of Acer’s upcoming tablet User Agent profiles. Fast forward to January and those same tablets are nearing release. Specifically the Acer A510, a Tegra 3-powered, Android 4.0 Iconia Tab . Acer showed off the tablet at a German event announcing that the tablet would hit shelves in April for €500 ($655). Seeing as how Acer’s A200 retails for around $300, the A500 will likely retail for around $500 when it come to the US. The tablet that should really be on your mind, however, and the one Acer has been keeping quite is the A700 which features a massive 1920×1200 display. Hopefully we’ll hear more from Acer on that at CeBIT come March.
[via The Verge through Netbook Italia]
Given that the holiday season is upon us, and that the idea of being around those close to us is engrained in our brains, a newly leaked video is circulating the internet that demonstrates Acer Iconia Tab A200 with that in mind. This tablet has a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM, which compared to Acer’s Tegra 3 tablets coming out, seems pretty mundane. That doesn’t mean that the tablet will be a slouch by any means, and if pricing is somewhat lower this could very well be a solid contender in the tablet market. However, those interested in power may want to check out Acer’s quad-core options first.
The video does show off some of the A200’s features. The form factor is displayed as well as the use of a full sized USB port. This is nice considered that these ports should be standard by now. There isn’t a release date yet but given the theme of the video, I would guess sometime here this holiday season. Given the rumors saying otherwise, it’s nice to see Acer pushing forward in the Android tablet market. For those that are interested, hit the break to check out the video. While the narration may come off as almost creepy it shows the tablet in a wide array of uses.
Acer subsidiary Gateway started shipping a rebranded Acer Iconia Tab A500 as the Gateway TP Series A60. It’s priced at 399 CAD ($404) and is available at Future Shop now.
The specs are essentially the same: Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera.
For the short term, the Acer Iconia is probably the better alternative since it’s scheduled to receive the Android 3.2 update on September 10th, and it probably won’t include this look-a-like.
[via future shop]
Finding apps for your Android tablet isn’t as easy as it is for your phone. You want apps that take advantage of Honeycomb’s screen size and functionality; apps designed for tablets. Google started to help your search by adding the “Staff Picks For Tablets” section in your on-board market, as well as “Featured for Tablets” to the web-based market. For me, that wasn’t enough because I only got a small glimpse of the Honeycomb apps that are out there. I started searching the web and forums for a better way. Then, finally, I came across tablified.com, which was created by XDA member ayman07. I’ve only known about the site for a few hours, but it’s helped me find and download 10 new apps today; apps I’ve never even seen in the “Featured for Tablets” section, although they should have been.
The fledgling Tablified.com is making a great effort to fulfill a need in the Honeycomb community, all the while performing a service to tablet app developers. If you’re a tablet owner, I highly encourage you to drop by the site. If you get the chance, leave a thank-you on the XDA post.
Tell em TalkAndroid sent ya. ;)