At a press event on Tuesday, Acer unveiled its newest line of Android tablets. The Iconia Tab 7 and Iconia One 7 (the latter is pictured above) enter a crowded field of budget-minded Android tablets, challenging the likes of Google with its Nexus 7 and Amazon with its Kindle Fire HDX.
With this pair of new tablets, Acer appears to be focused on design and accessibility, rather than the latest features. We had a chance to go hands-on with the colourful crop of Iconias.
The Iconia Tab 7 features a 7in, 1,280 x 800-pixel IPS display and is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT8382 SoC. That setup is admittedly underwhelming, but not uncommon for an entry-level Android tablet. At 117 x 9 x 193mm (WxDxH) and 300 grams, the Tab 7 is fairly compact and manageable in one hand. The anodised metallic finish gives the Tab 7 a premium look, and the tablet felt pretty sturdy in person. The most notable feature here is the built-in 3G connectivity, which will even allow users to place phone calls using the Tab 7.
Acer was particularly proud of its colourful array of Iconia One 7 tablets. Available in a variety of playful colours, including bright pink, blue, red, green, yellow, and purple, the One 7 has more personality than some of the more ho-hum designs we've seen from Acer in the past.
With a 7in, 1,280 x 800-pixel IPS display and dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, though, the One 7 is decidedly low-end. It's also slightly larger than the Iconia Tab 7, measuring 119 x 9 x 198mm (WxDxH) and weighing 350 grams.
Rounding out the features are a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, microSD card slot, and stereo speakers. Curiously, the One 7 will only run Android 4.2.2 out of the box, but Acer says it will be upgraded to 4.4 later on.
The Iconia Tab 7 is due out at the end of next month priced at €149 (£122), and the Iconia One 7 should arrive in the middle of May, priced at €140 (£115).