Acer unveils 7in Iconia Tab A110 running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Taiwanese hardware and electronics manufacturer Acer has unveiled the latest addition to the growing 7in tablet category, introducing the newest member of its popular Iconia range, the Tab A110, earlier today.

Weighing in at less than 390g, the compact A110 features a 7in LCD display at 1024 x 600 pixels, and runs the latest Android flavour - version 4.1 Jelly Bean - complete with facial recognition-based security.

In the engine room, it sports a powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocking at 1.2GHz, with Acer's most recent tablet offering 8GB internal storage – expandable up to 32GB via a microSD slot – and 1GB of RAM.

Aimed at satisfying day-to-day multimedia needs whilst also being compatible with light workloads, the A110 comes with a lone 2MP front-facing camera, with HD video recording at 30 frames per second. Connectivity-wise, the device is Wi-Fi-only for the time being, and features HDMI and micro-USB ports to complement Bluetooth 3.0.

Rounding out an initial look at the spec sheet, the A110 claims active video playback time of 7.5 hours and standby longevity of 240 hours via a 3420 mAh battery.

Arriving preloaded with a full Google mobile service suite – the likes of Gmail, Google+, Google Maps, and the Play Store plus YouTube and Messenger – the Iconia Tab A110 is now available for pre-order ahead of a projected 1 October release, listed at £179.98 on Ebuyer.com.

The Acer Iconia Tab A110 arrives hot on the heels of Amazon's new 7in offering, the Kindle Fire HD. With the Google Nexus 7 remaining a popular product amongst consumers, competition in the reduced form factor tablet market seems to be intensifying ahead of the lucrative pre-holiday shopping season - and that's before the heavily rumoured launch of Apple's iPad mini, now presumably slated for later in the autumn after it failed to appear alongside the iPhone 5 last week.