Because the world needs more cheap tablets and no one looks weird holding a 7-incher up to their ear, Acer just announced two new Iconia-branded Android tablets. The Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7 are firmly planted in the midrange market, and the 3G-enabled Tab 7 is capable of placing phone calls.
The Iconia One 7 ships with modest specs, which is no surprise, given its $130 price point. The tablet comes with a 7-inch, 1280x800 IPS display, along with an Intel Atom Z2560 processor, MicroSD card slot, and dual speakers. It has both front and rear cameras, and Acer says it can get up to 7 hours of 720p HD video playback on a single charge, but didn't get specific about the battery's actual capacity.
Expect to see the Acer Iconia One 7 in a variety of colors when it lands in Pan American markets at the end of June. The tablet will launch in European, Middle Eastern, and African markets in the middle of May.
The Iconia Tab 7, while still lacking in the spec department, is a tad more interesting due to its ability to make calls. Outside of the connectivity options, the Tab 7 shares the same 7-inch 1280x800 IPS panel found on the One 7. Users will also be treated to a quad-core processor, front-facing and rear cameras, as well as a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion.
The Acer Iconia Tab 7 will be coming to Latin American markets by the end of June for 1,990 MX Peso (just over $150). European, Middle Eastern, and African markets will see the tablet in the middle of may for €149 (around $205).
Both tablets will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, with the promise of an eventual 4.4 KitKat upgrade in the future.
After reviewing Acer's $180 Iconia A1 tablet not long ago, the prospects of these new tablets have me less than ecstatic. Still, a semi-capable tablet for $130 is hard to ignore.