Acer upgrades A1-830 tablet, adds Intel Atom CPU, little else
If Acer's new 7.9-inch Android tablet is any indication CES 2014 will be chock full of products with only marginal upgrades from their predecessors. Thankfully, the chances of that happening are pretty slim. Hopefully.
The Iconia A1-830 is Acer's newest 7.9-inch Android tablet, following the release of the Iconia A1-810 in mid-2013. However, aside from a new aluminum backside and a new processor there aren't much in the way of upgrades for the new tablet.
Available in the first quarter of 2014 for $149, the new tablet will feature an identical design to the 810, including an iPad-like 4:3 aspect ratio and an unimpressive 1,024x768 resolution. It also uses an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, just as the previous generation tablet did.
There's 16GB of onboard storage, with a 32GB capacity microSD storage card slot and 1GB of RAM.
The Android 4.2.1 tablet has a purported 7.5-hour battery life and since the 810's battery lasted exactly that amount of time in our official battery test, there's a good chance this isn't just wishful thinking on Acer's part.
If these specs feel familiar to you, then you're simply realizing that they're exactly the same as the A1-810's, with one exception: the CPU. Gone is the MediaTek MT8125T, replaced with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Clover Trail+ Z2560.
Even with its new Intel inside, these specs don't in any way get me excited about the A1-830. This doesn't mean it won't satisfy some users nor that it won't be successful; however, it may have trouble getting consumers to take notice.
As I said before, I'm not expecting much exciting tablet news at CES this year, and Acer is doing nothing to change my opinion. As boring as another 7.9-inch Acer tablet is, it's also showing an equally dull-sounding 7-incher.
If the thought of these tablets excites you, awesome. They both appear to be functional, fairly cheap Android slates. However, if you're struggling to muster any level of genuine enthusiasm, you're not alone.
The Iconia A1-830 ships in the first quarter for $149.
Check back next week for a closer look at the Acer Iconia B1-830 when we actually get our mitts on it at CES 2014.