It would seem that after seeing the success of Asus and Google’s Nexus 7, Acer had a re-think and decided it could bring out a rival. The Iconia Tab A110, previously planned to be an Ice Cream Sandwich device, has now been pictured sporting Jelly Bean.
Acer’s Iconia Tab range of Android tablets have proved popular, and when the A110 first appeared it had all the makings of a good, solid, 7-inch tablet. While Acer didn’t even announce the device – it just stuck it on display at the Computex show – the device still features impressive innards, including the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 7-inch 1024 x 600 screen, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal (expandable) storage.
Back at the show, Acer showed the tablets running Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich. Now, UK gadget retailer Ebuyer has uploaded some rather official-looking press shots of the A110 running the unmistakable Jelly Bean, which goes by the official name of Android 4.1.
We can’t think of any good reason why a big name retailer such as Ebuyer would use fake images to sell a product, so it seems that Acer has very quietly made the change to Jelly Bean. From the pictures we can see a very Nexus 7-like stock launcher, with the standard Google apps along with the launcher in the bottom tray. In the product listing, the A110 is also advertised as having Android 4.1 as standard, so this doesn’t look to be an after-purchase upgrade.
Asides from the exciting software and decent hardware, the A110’s design is rather plain. It’s not overly thin at 11.4mm deep, and is finished in a matte scratch-proof plastic. A less exciting design does mean a lower price however, with a price tag of £179.
Can Acer give Asus and Google a run for their money with this tab?