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Acer to show off new budget Android tablets at CES 2014

Acer is bringing a pair of low and even-lower-priced Android tablets to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the 7.9in Iconia A1-830 and the 7in Iconia B1-720.

The Iconia A1-830 (pictured, top) has Intel's 1.6GHz Clover Trail+ Atom Z2560 processor inside, is packing 1GB of system memory, and sports a 7.9in, 1,024 x 768 pixel resolution. It will be priced starting at $149 in North America, or around £90 in UK currency (though additional taxes will apply).

Acer didn't identify the maker of the dual-core, 1.3GHz chip powering the $129 (about £80) Iconia B1-720, which also has 1GB of system memory, so it's probably safe to assume it's an ARM chip.

Both tablets run Google's Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. The Iconia A1-830 and will start becoming available sometime in the first quarter of 2014 while the Iconia B1-720 is set to hit retail shelves in mid-January, Acer said.

"Our fundamental goal when creating the Acer Iconia A1-830 was to provide our customers with an optimised Android tablet that stands out from other devices," Paul Tayar, director of product marketing for Acer America's connected devices division, said in a statement.

He added: "Consumers expect more than ever from value-oriented products, and the Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet delivers outstanding performance and battery life, a bright IPS display and a more premium aluminium metal finish than is typically offered in tablets in this class."

The Iconia A1-830 comes with 16GB of internal storage, plus a microSD slot for expansion up to 32GB. It supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi while also supplying users with Bluetooth 3.0 and a microUSB port. The tablet's front-facing, video chat-friendly camera can capture images at a 1,600 x 1,200 pixel resolution for 720p audio/video, while the rear-facing shooter is capable of 1080p Full HD audio/video recording at 2,560 x 1,920 pixels.

The tablet is stated to enjoy more than seven hours of battery life on a single charge, according to Acer.

Acer will offer a first glimpse at both tablets at CES 2014.

Acer is making a number of accessories available for the Iconia A1-830, including its Crunch Keyboard with a synthetic leather stand that doubles as a tablet stand, and the Crunch Cover, which protects the tablet and also works as a tablet stand adjustable to multiple viewing angles.

The Iconia B1-720 has fewer frills, not surprising for an addition to Acer's "affordable" tablet line. The tablet is the third iteration of the company's Iconia B1 line, featuring a "slimmer and enhanced design, better sound, and increased performance" over its predecessors, Acer said.

It has a 10-point touch display made thinner and brighter than earlier B1 tablets by Acer's One Glass Solution technology. Like the Iconia A1-830, the Iconia B1-720 is shipping with 16GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded by an additional 32GB courtesy of its microSD slot.

Acer didn't offer as many specific details about its more affordable tablet, saying that the Wi-Fi-only Iconia B1-720 has one multipurpose camera situated in the top right corner of the front bezel, while a microphone and a speaker are also located on the front of the device.

Meanwhile, Acer also said that is adding a new version of the touch-based Chromebook it first outed in November 2013. The tweaks, however, are small; a new colour, "Moonstone white," and the packing in of 2GB of RAM. It will still retail at $299 (around £185).

It's also understood that Acer will debut some Windows 8-based products at CES, as well as pulling the cloak on a new budget smartphone, the Liquid Z5.