Ever since Acer announced the A110's European availability back at the end of September, we've been waiting for word on North American availability. Given the 7-inch slate's reasonable specs, the biggest question has been how much will it cost?. The company just sent the word, and it looks like this Nexus 7 competitor will be available beginning on October 30th for $229. Here's what to expect for that price:

  • 7" 1024x600 display
  • 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • Front-facing camera
  • microUSB, microHDMI
  • 0.86lbs, 7.68" x 4.61" x 0.52"
  • 7.5 hour battery life
  • Android 4.1

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At $230, the 8GB A110 is $30 higher than the Nexus 7 with equal storage, which will be its primary competitor. However, there's a tradeoff: you'll also get an option to expand the storage thanks to the microSD card slot, as well as HDMI out - both of which are lacking on the Nexus 7. With that said, the A110's paltry 1024x600 display can't begin to compare to the N7's 1280x800 screen. That tradeoff may be worthwhile for anyone who has been waiting for another 7" Jelly Bean tablet with a microSD card slot.

Of course, the "rumored" 32GB Nexus 7 will make it even more difficult for Acer to compete - with that much storage, many users will no longer "need" a microSD card slot. And while Acer is known for pushing out timely updates, even the quickest manufacturers can't keep up with the Nexus' series OTA schedule.

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Lastly, there's the question of press images here: some show the traditional tablet interface, while others have the hybrid interface of the Nexus 7. Personally, I find the latter to be absolutely perfect for the 7" form factor, but it would be pretty amazing if Acer incorporated a way to switch between the two on the fly. The best of both worlds!

We should get to spend some time with the A110 shortly after release, so look for a full review and comparison to both its predecessor (the A100) and the Nexus 7 sometime in early November.

Pocket Size Power Player: Acer Introduces Iconia A110 Tablet

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 18, 2012) -

Editor's Summary:

  • Acer Iconia Tab A110 is a lightweight, pocket-sized 7-inch multi-touch tablet available Oct. 30 for $229.99
  • Powered by the latest Android™ 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system and NVIDIA's Tegra™ 3 quad-core processor
  • Provides up to 7.5 hours of battery life for enjoying movies, books, games and more

Acer America today expanded its Iconia™ Tab lineup with the A110, a lightweight, pocket-sized 7-inch multi-touch tablet. Available Oct. 30 in the United States and Canada, the compact and stylish Iconia Tab A110 is perfect to tote around at all times to read, browse, play games and enjoy media.

"Today's consumers are increasingly mobile and want easy and instant access to entertainment at all times," said Paul Tayar, senior director of product marketing for connected devices, Acer America. "The Iconia Tab A110 is another example of how Acer is meeting the needs of consumers, by providing tablet form factors that combine portability and performance for fun and gaming, at affordable prices."

More comfortable to browse on than a smartphone, the trim A110 tablet is just 0.86 pound and less than a half-inch slim. Easy to hold in one hand for hours of comfortable enjoyment and slender enough to fit in a pocket or handbag, the tablet delivers bright and crisp images for movies, photos, books and games. Featuring a vibrant capacitive multi-touch display with 1024x600 resolution, the A110 ensures optimal screen viewing from every angle -- up and down and left to right.

Powered by the latest Android™ 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system, the A110 tablet provides faster and smoother performance for applications and widgets. Users can customize and expand their tablet experience with ease using the Android™ Market to choose from hundreds of thousands of apps to enjoy the A110 any way they want. Also preloaded on the A110, Google Play provides users with an entertainment hub and allows one place to find, enjoy and share apps, music, movies and books from across the web. Google Currents provides free online magazines from hundreds of publishers and online.

The A110 comes equipped with the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 3 quad-core processor, delivering industry-leading performance and responsiveness for running multiple apps, smooth HD video, fast web browsing and console-like gaming. The tablet's NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor features a unique Super 4-PLUS-1™ Quad Core CPU design with a fifth Battery Saver Core, which handles less demanding activities, ultimately using less power and improving battery life. The A110 supports long battery life with smart power management providing up to 7.5 hours of battery life1.

Offering superior expansion and connectivity, the Iconia Tab A110 has a micro-USB 2.0 port for hooking up other devices, and a MicroSD slot providing additional storage up to 32GB and easy file transfers. For showcasing entertainment in a larger format, users can easily connect to an external LCD or HDTV via the A110's MicroHDMI output, with dual display support.

For added enjoyment, a two megapixel front-facing web camera enables face-to-face chats or quick snaps for still photos. Bluetooth® 3.0 technology allows users to wirelessly connect to other devices such as Bluetooth printers, keyboards, headsets or speakers. The A110 also includes 1GB of memory and 8GB internal storage2.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Iconia Tab A110 will be for sale on October 30 at leading U.S. and Canadian retailers with pricing beginning at $229.99 USD and CAD.

Cameron Summerson
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  • fierywater

    Yeah, no. The only people this will attract are less educated consumers who see it at Best Buy as the cheapest option and people who really, truly need their microSD cards.

    1024x600? Get the eff out of here.

    • itznfb

      Seriously... any tablet I see with 1024x... I immediately ignore.

    • Zaatour36

      I did't like the screen on the A100, and sold it after 4 months

  • Kernschatten

    16GB at that price and I would consider it.

  • Kenny O

    Wouldn't even consider this with the kind of display.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712821667 Andrei Poenaru

    I'd actually pay more to have the same amount of storage as internal and not SD card. Those have failed me too many times...

  • Thx84

    I really don't like the bezel, plus 1024x600 is too bad for my eyes...

  • Khalid

    I believe that most people are missing the important point here. Yes, it's an inferior product to the Nexus 7 unless you *really* need expandable storage. But the key thing is that we've gone from okay Android tablets at around $400, to a manufacturer competing with Google's $200 tablet.
    No, it's not quite as good, but the Nexus 7 isn't designed to make a profit at the time of sale. Companies like Acer need to be able to do that, so this is actually a huge step forward for commercially-viable decent, budget-friendly Android tablets. Acer, I salute you.

    • itznfb

      There is no reason this tablet should be more than $199. I'd take a Galaxy Tab 7.0 over this even with ICS. However I wouldn't buy either one because 1024 is horrid and needs to die.

  • TechGuy21

    problems with this:
    lower resolution
    not guarantee upgrade
    locked bootloader
    yikes huge bezel

    • itznfb

      You should buy a device for the OS that ships with it. Future upgrades should never play into your purchasing decision.
      Large bezels are nice on tablets. It makes them easier to hold without touching the screen.

      • http://twitter.com/BrendonSled Brendon Sled

        Hold the N7, your hands never hit the screen. It has a lot slimmer bezel then this.
        Also not expecting updates should not be your plan, especially when you can get a tablet with expected updates for the same price

  • silkandhoney

    1024x600 muhhahaa. If it cost 20 bucks I wouldn't buy a 1024x600 tablet

  • Azorien

    What is this?
    Add back facing camera and 3G support .. not to mention flaws already mentioned..

  • Tyler Chappell

    I cant believe it has taken them this long to release it. It has all the same issues as the original A100. Mediocre battery life compared to other tablets, lower-res screen, and not only that, it is a TN panel instead of an IPS display. Unlike the A100, it doesn't even have a rear-facing camera so that too is a small downgrade. The microSD slot is becoming way less relevant with the 32GB Nexus 7 on the way, so the only real advantage this has is the micro-HDMI
    I applaud Acer for updating the A100 and A500 to ICS in a reasonable amount of time, beating Samsung by a few months. But when they announced that the A100 and A500 would not be receiving Jelly Bean under the lie that the hardware wasn't good enough, I knew I would never buy another Acer tablet again or recommend them to anyone.

  • HO ME

    Why would I buy this over NEXUS 7 ?!?

    • liam

      MicroHDMI and MicroSD...but that isn't enough reason:)

      • Harjit Sahota

        It would perhaps had if Acer's screen resolution was better..
        anyway, N7 ftw!!!!

  • coversnails

    It looks like the press pictures all show tablet ui in landscape and the usual in portrait. I'm actually torn between which ui I prefer on the Nexus 7, I'm using Paranoid Android which allows you to switch between them, tablet ui is very useful if you use a case as it can be hard to drag the notification bar down, but with tablet ui its just one click.

  • gemelli

    If I'd bought a 1024x600 tablet it would be the Archos Gamepad

  • JeffColorado

    A micro USB port alone is worth $30. But I would probably still go with Nexus 7 just because updates will be better.