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When Acer announced its 7-inch Iconia Tab A110 back in June, it was running Ice Cream Sandwich -- at the time, the latest version of the OS. Now, with the tablet’s October release approaching, it seems it’s undergone a software upgrade, bringing it up to the shiny new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The tablet has appeared in new renders over at online retailer eBuyer, showing a the Jelly Bean launcher and Nexus 7-like home screen setup. If accurate -- and it certainly looks it -- the A110 would be the first big-name Android tablet to get Android 4.1, with the exception of Google’s own Nexus 7, of course.

Hardware-wise, Acer’s 7-incher sports similar internals to the Nexus tablet -- there’s the 7-inch form factor, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and 1GB of RAM. The A110 boasts more ports, a rear camera and expandable memory, though at the cost of screen resolution, which is limited to 1024x600.

Acer’s tablet is fairly competitive on price, selling for £179.99 in the UK with 16GB of storage, however we have to wonder whether this will sway consumers away from Google’s offering, and the its promise of speedy updates.

Source: eBuyer, via: Engadget

 

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Acer Iconia A110 bumped up to Jelly Bean before launch

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"the A110 would be the second big-name Android tablet to get Android 4.1, with the exception of Google’s own Nexus 7, of course.".... motorola xoom was the first

I would encourage everyone to stay away from a 7" 1024x600 panel tablet. On the Kindle Fire with this resolution text is noticeably "fuzzy" - lacking the crispness a higher DPI provides. I returned the Fire for this (and a few other) reasons.

The build quality on the A100 wasn't bad at all. I've had mine since October of last year, and it looks like the day I bought it.

I love shooting for the $200 price point but I feel like we are making some large compromises to get there as of now. I'd gladly have paid $250 for an 8GB nexus 7 for example if it had a micro sd slot & slightly better screen.

I prefer 1024x600 screen with Micro-SD card than 1280x800 and without. Rear camera is not very important, though it really can help with new google translate with camera

I wouldn't be too worried about software updates. Since I bought my A500 last April, Acer has done 3+ updates to Honeycomb and now I have ICS and the rumor of Jellybean coming. That is way better than my phone that I bought a month before with only 2 service updates and one version update that made things worse.

Is this what it takes to get the Android OEMs on board with new versions of the OS? Google have to launch a product that wakes them up - then they do something about it. Please note that Acer were also the company moaning at Microsoft for launching a tablet last week - what a surprise.

If only I could say I'm glad to see this; but unfortunatly I have owned their products in the past. NOT impressed!

I had the Samsung Galaxy 2 7.0 that had that resolution. I sold it and got the Nexus 7 a few weeks ago. The resolution of the Samsung was horrible as another poster had stated. It was really hard to read web pages without pinching and zooming. With the Nexus, I'm able to read most web contents clearly. I would never go back to the 1024 X 600 resolution.

>"Hardware-wise, Acer’s 7-incher sports similar internals to the Nexus tablet -- there’s the 7-inch form factor, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and 1GB of RAM. The A110 boasts more ports, a rear camera and expandable memory"

BZZZZZT- wrong. It does not have expandable memory. It has a fixed 1GB of memory. It might have expandable STORAGE though, with a micro SD slot...