Acer's Low-cost Iconia Android 4.1 Tablet to Challenge Google Nexus 7

Acer on Thursday announced a low-cost tablet starting at $230 with a 7-inch screen and Google's Android 4.1 OS, which is code-named Jelly Bean.

Acer on Thursday announced a low-cost tablet starting at $230 with a 7-inch screen and Google's Android 4.1 OS, which is code-named Jelly Bean.

The Iconia Tab A110 weighs 453 grams and provides up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It joins a growing list of low-cost tablets with small screens including Google's Nexus 7 and the soon-to-ship Amazon Kindle Fire HD, which are both priced at $199.

Acer's tablet announcement also comes a few days ahead of Apple's expected launch on Oct. 23 of a new iPad, which may come with a smaller screen. Acer is also expected to start shipping tablets based on Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 later this month.

The Iconia Tab A110 will display images at a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, which falls short of the 1280 by 800 pixels resolution on Google's tablet. But with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 8GB of storage and Jelly Bean, the Iconia Tab A110 shares many features with the $199 Google Nexus 7.

The Acer tablet has some additional features including a camera, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 and a micro-HDMI port to connect the tablet to high-definition TVs. The tablet will ship starting on Oct. 30 in the U.S. and Canada. The company could not be immediately reached for comment on the tablet's worldwide availability.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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