Could Acer's Sub-$200 A110 Iconia Tab be a Game Changer?

Paul Lilly

The tablet market has taken its sweet time coming down to pedestrian price levels -- and we're talking about tablets you'd actually want to own, not a craptastic knockoff that's bug-ridden and slow as molasses -- but we're finally starting to see affordable slates become the norm rather than the exception. It started with Amazon's Kindle Fire, which some consider a glorified eBook reader, and later this year, Acer will get in on the low-price action with its A110 Iconia Tab.

Acer's 7-inch A110 was spotted by The Verge at Computex. It's a device that hasn't received much fanfare, but that could change if Acer goes through with plans to position its 7-inch slate as its primary entry-level tablet when it launches in the third quarter of this year. The kicker? Acer plans to price it below $200.

That's pretty darn good for an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet built around Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 platform. Even better, The Verge says the tablet it saw was almost completely devoid of any clutter/customization.

This could be a sign of things to come. Nvidia has already hinted that $199 Tegra 3 tablets are a real possibility in the near future, and we wouldn't be surprised to see a handful of these devices make it to market in time for the holiday shopping season.

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