At CES next week, we’re going to see some truly powerful tablets. Those tablets will cost hundreds of dollars, however, and are not exactly mass market material. On the other hand, other manufacturers will show up with more affordable tablets as they race to the bottom to see who can make the cheapest hardware.
Acer partially revealed its CES hand this morning with two new affordable Android tablets are frontrunners in the price wars. The Iconia A1-830 and Iconia B1-720 are both small tablets – with the first being a 7-inch and the other being a 7.9-inch – and both feature the kind of specs you would expect to see in cheap tablets.
The Acer Iconia A1-830 is the 7.9-inch option, and costs $180. For that price, you get a 1024×768 display, Android 4.2.1, 1GB of RAM, Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, 16GB of onboard storage and up to seven hours of battery life. As far as affordable Android tablets go, the Iconia A1-830 is a pretty good choice. For those just looking for a second screen to browse the Web or watch video, the A1-830 is an affordable and attractive option.
If $180 is still too much for you, Acer has an even more affordable option in the works with the B1-720. The 7-inch tablet sports a 1.3GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 5 hours of battery life and not much else. You’ll be able to pick up this particular tablet for $130 which puts it among some of the most affordable Android tablets ever made.
Both tablets will make their public debut at CES next week. The tablets will then hit retail in the next two months.