Beating Google’s much speculated announcement of its Nexus 7 Tablet at this year’s Google I/O developer conference, Acer has announced that its own Iconia Tab A110 will be debuting at just under $200. The Acer-made tablet will feature similar specs to the rumored Nexus Tablet that is speculated to be made by rival Asus, including a 7-inch form factor, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and a mobile OS made by Google in the form of Android.
According to The Verge, the Acer Iconia Tab A110 will debut under $200, though it’s not clear how much under $200 that will be. Likely, the aggressive and competitive price point is aimed to make the tablet more competitive against the Amazon Kindle and though the Iconia Tab A110 has powerful quad-core power thanks to NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 applications processor, the tablet is able to keep its price low thanks to the Kai platform.
It’s unclear how much Google intends on pricing its Asus-made Nexus 7 Tablet at this time, but it’s been speculated that the slate may debut at a price point anywhere between $150 and $250. The recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 debuted at $250.
Likely, the Nexus 7 Tablet will debut with a newer version of Google’s Android OS whereas the Iconia Tab slate will debut with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and will need to wait for a software update that will arrive at a later date.
With downward pressure on pricing to remain competitive, Android manufacturers will likely make little money on tablets to try and gain market share. Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, which retails at $200, is said to be a loss leader for Amazon and that the Internet retailer hopes to recover losses through digital sales of music, movies, apps, and ebooks to Kindle Fire owners.