Acer has been on a sort of undesirable streak of flops lately in the Android tablet arena, dishing out more poorly conceived, inexpensive but far too modest hardware-wise gadgets than I can count. And by the looks of it, the duds are bound to continue piling up.
The Iconia One 7 (really, Acer? One?!?) is essentially a refined, slightly improved version of the Iconia B1-720 released back in January. The key word there is “slightly”, as the improvements are subtle and almost unnoticeable with the naked eye.
B1’s humble dual-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6572 SoC is apparently replaced with a 1.5 GHz VIA WM8880 chip, a rear-facing 1.9 MP camera is added in the mix, and a few grams, plus less than a mm are shaved off the slate’s weight and thickness.
Otherwise, the B1-720 and One 7 are identical. And underwhelming. Their screens boast 2011-reminiscent 1,024 x 600 pixels resolutions, the 3,000 mAh batteries can barely last three or four hours between charges, and the 1 GB RAM is, well, that’s actually half-decent.
But not enough to make amends for everything else. Especially as the Acer Iconia One 7, like the B1-720, runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Yo Acer, ever heard of KitKat?
Spotted asking (and receiving) FCC’s blessing, and also listed by popular benchmarking database FutureMark for a little while, the low-end tablet is no doubt nearly ready to go on sale. Price? It’s anybody’s guess at the moment, albeit Acer can’t possibly ask north of $130 for yesteryear’s mid-range material. The thing is a mere extra 20 bucks buys you the far superior in every way 2012 Nexus 7. With 32 GB storage. Sorry, Acer, you’ll have to do better next time.