Cheap Acer Iconia One 7 and Acer Iconia Tab 7 tablets unveiled
Today Acer announced a couple of new tablets, namely the Iconia One 7 and the Iconia Tab 7. The former of those is the tablet that we know as the leaked Acer B1-730, the successor to the B1-720 that strangely isn’t actually that old – it only got unveiled in January.
Perhaps Acer is trying to send us the message that the mobile world moves fast. Or something like that. Anyway, the new Iconia One 7 is better than its predecessor in every way, so we’re all for such rapid portfolio updates.
The Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730) has a 7-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, a 5 MP rear camera, a secondary front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, and a 3,700 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, though an update to version 4.4 KitKat has been promised.
The Iconia One 7 will be available in black, red, white, blue, and pink. In the Americas, it will arrive in June for $129.99, while Europe, the Middle East, and Africa it will be out in May for €139.
The Acer Iconia Tab 7 is another 7-incher, this one though coming with phone call functionality – presumably for those who think that even a 6-inch phablet is too small for their taste.
The Iconia Tab 7 has a 7-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen (except in Mexico, where the resolution will be just 1,024×600), a quad-core MediaTek CPU, 3G support, Wi-Fi, microSD card slot, and 6-hour battery life. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat from day one, which is certainly welcome, but Acer hasn’t detailed the rest of its specs. From the press images though it’s clear that it has both a rear camera and a front-facing snapper.
The Acer Iconia Tab 7 will be offered in Latin America, other emerging markets, and parts of Europe. In the latter it will cost €149 and will launch in May, whereas in Mexico it will be priced at 1,990 pesos (which is about $151 or €110 at the current exchange rates), and is set to arrive sometime in June.
These are clearly not going to be high-performing tablets, but their prices sort of make up for all their disadvantages in terms of specs. If you want to buy a new Android tablet and your budget is limited to, say, $150, then either of these will be a decent choice. However if you can spare a few more bucks, it’s a good idea to get the Nexus 7 instead. It has better specs and much better software support.