For Android manufactures, cutting through the cacophony of tablets present at this year’s Computex is proving to be a challenge as the discussion is focused around the Windows 8 offerings from the major OEMs.
Acer, however, could very well change that by beating most manufacturers’ price points.
Spotted on the Computex expo floor, the 7-inch Acer Iconia A110 tablet packs an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core chip, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of memory on-board, a 1024 x 600 pixels resolution display, HDMI ports, and a front-facing camera (without a rear-facing counterpart).
The Verge was able to spend some hands on time with the device to do some quick benchmarks, and they claim that the device is faster than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 but slower than the Asus Transformer Prime.
Though not officially confirmed, it is likely that this tablet falls under NVIDIA’s Kai Strategy, a stratagem championed by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Vice President Rob Csonger to “democratize” its quad-core Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip.
“Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we’ve developed called Kai,” explained Mr. Csonger at a May shareholder’s meeting, outlining the company’s plan.
“So this uses a lot of the ‘secret sauce’ that’s inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we’ve developed to reduce the power that’s used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.”