Judging from their recent releases, it seems like Acer’s going big on the budget-friendly slates of late and it looks like they have another one coming up: the Iconia One 7. It showed up both on the FCC site and FutureMark, a benchmarking site. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?
Iconia One 7: Acer’s $115 slate?
According to FutureMark, this 7-inch tablet PC will feature a TFT LCD display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It will have a VIA WonderMedia WM8880 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU that clocks up to 1.5 GHz. It will also sport a Mali-400MP2 graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Other features include a 0.3 front-facing camera, a 1.9 MP rear camera, a microSD slot, a micro USB 2.0 port, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Everything will be powered by a 3000 mAh battery.
The Acer Iconia One 7 will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will measure in at 191 x 112 x 9.9 mm and will tip the scales at 289 g.
Pricing and Availability
To put it mildly, the Iconia One 7 has pretty bare features. It doesn’t have NFC, GPS, or Bluetooth connectivity and it won’t ship with Google’s latest operating system. According to some reports, we can expect this to hit the streets in the coming months with a very affordable US $115 price tag. Judging from the modest specs, this won’t win any performance contests any time soon, but it may appeal to those with tight budgets.
Like Acer’s recent budget-friendly releases however, this doesn’t look too good in the cold light of day. The Iconia B1-A71, for one, only features a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8111 dual-core processor and a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It also comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. And it retails for US $130.
There are tons of other options out there though, as the budget space has become pretty saturated. The bad part, at least for Acer, is that others are offering more than what Acer is with this tablet PC. If you need a tablet PC but you’re on a tight budget, you may want to check out your other options before you go and pick this one up.