The new improved Acer Iconia B1-710 is now scheduled for release in late July, starting at $129.
Acer Iconia B1-710 recently cleared the FCC in the US, and the pictures of Acer’s latest Android tablet have just been made official. The shipping and release date is currently set to Friday, July 26, with stores like Amazon.com or Amazon Canada taking pre-orders already.
The new Acer Iconia B1-710 is an upgraded version of the first Acer B1-A71, released last year. The first model had the distinctive blue line around its bezel, giving it a boyish look. The new Acer B1 one however have a normal look both in the front and on the back.
Upon release, this 7-inch tablet runs Android 4.1, but Acer is promising an upgrade to 4.2 later on. As for hardware specs, this is a budget tablet, primarily targeting emerging markets, so while it keeps the price down, the hardware specs aren’t the most spectacular.
It is powered by a ARM Cortex-A9 dual core 1.2GHz MediaTek MTK8317T processor, and an Integrated PowerVR SGX 531 graphics processor. It has 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM (up from only half that with the old model), and 8GB of storage, with microSD and microSDHC card support up to 32GB.
The 7-inch screen is a Active Matrix LED-backlit 5-point multitouch display with a 1024×600 resolution.
Wi-Fi is the standard IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. It does surprisingly have GPS too. It has also got a 0,3 MP front camera, and 1x micro-USB port. The weight is only 340 gram, so it’s light, but not the lightest tablet.
The battery capacity is 2640 mAh, which according to Acer will only last 3.5 hours on average. I’d say this is undoubtedly what would make most people look at alternative 7-inch Android tablets, such as the better $109 Asus MeMO Pad ME172V, the (1440×900) NOOK HD at $129, or the new $139, 1.6GHz HP Slate 7.
All of these Android tablets are much better, and have all been released already, without any need to wait around for their release.
– Tom Bowen