Acer juices 7-inch tablet market with $230 Iconia Tab A110 running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Acer on Thursday took the wraps off the Acer Iconia Tab A110, a follow-up to the Iconia Tab A100, and the company's first Android tablet to come loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Acer's Iconia Tab A110 will hit store shelves in the U.S. and Canada on October 30 for $230.

First shown off at Computex in June, Acer's latest 7-inch tablet will come loaded with a quad-core processor, 8GB onboard storage, and feature all the latest Android improvements including Google Now, a Siri-like service that can provide with all kinds of information unprompted such as when you should leave your current location to make an appointment across town.

The Tab A110 features a 7-inch WSVGA display with 1024-by-600 resolution, quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor (no word on clock speed), 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, microUSB 2.0, microHDMI out, microSD slot supporting up to 32GB for a maximum 40GB combined storage, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The tablet weighs about 0.86 pounds and measures 0.44-inches thick. Acer is also claiming a battery life of 7.5 hours on a full charge.

Acer's A110 is a direct challenge to the popular Google Nexus 7, the first tablet to offer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but the A110 falls short of Google's tablet in a few ways. For starters, you get better screen resolution on the Nexus 7 with 1280-by-800 resolution, you also get longer battery life, NFC functionality and the Nexus 7 is a shade lighter and thinner. The Nexus 7 is also cheaper at $200 compared to $230 for the A110. That said, for an extra $30 the A110 also has a few advantages that some users may enjoy such as HDMI out, a better front-facing camera than the Nexus 7's 1.2MP sensor, and a microSD expansion slot for more storage.

The Nexus 7 may not be the only 7-inch tablet the A110 has to contend with. Next Tuesday, October 23 Apple is expected to unveil a 7-inch version of the iPad.

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