You can pretty much count on Acer to refresh their tablet lineup each year at the Consumer Electronics Show and the 2014 edition is no different. The latest additions are the 7.9-inch Iconia A1-830 and the smaller 7-inch Iconia B1-720, both of which will be on showcase later this week in Las Vegas.
Starting with the larger of the two, the A1-830 features the aforementioned 7.9-inch screen with an IPS display running at a lowly 1,024 x 768. Inside is an Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage that’s expandable via microSD card slot and a rear camera capable of capturing images at resolutions up to 2,560 x 1,920. It will ship with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1, we're told.
Acer claims the slate is good for up to seven hours of uptime on a single charge. An optional cover and keyboard will be available at some point as well. Priced at $149 and available early this year, the machine looks to be solid if you’re looking for a budget slate.
The Iconia B1-720, meanwhile, will only set you back $130 and includes a 7-inch display powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of memory with up to five hours of battery life. Not much else is known about this slate as present aside from the fact that it will launch later this month in North America.
I suspect we will get the full rundown on both the B1-720 and the A1-830 later this week during CES.
The Acer Iconia Tab A700 measures 259mm x 175.2mm x 10.9in (10.2in x 6.9in x 0.43in) and weighs 1.47lbs. The A700's 1920 x 1200 pixel display easily qualifies as full HD, offering a pixel density of 224PPI. The A700 is powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor paired with 1GB of RAM. In this instance, it is clocked at 1.3GHz for each core. Acer has equipped the A700 with Android 4.0.4 and a few custom tweaks. The most significant customizations include a new lock screen with app shortcuts.
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