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Tuesday, 18 September 2012 09:08

Lenovo and Acer go cheap and cheerful

Written by Peter Scott

€299 quad-core tablets shipping in Europe

Google managed to get a lot of positive press coverage following the introduction of the Nexus 7, which is still in short supply in Europe. Not to be outdone, Lenovo and Acer are upping the ante with two rather interesting mid-range tablets based on the same quad-core chip.

Lenovo’s new IdeaPad A2109A tablet has silently gone on sale in Europe with a pretty tempting price tag. At €299 it offers a 9-inch 1280x800 screen, 1.2GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. HDMI, GPS, Bluetooth and a microSD slot are also on board and the show is run by Android 4.0. The listings are here.

Meanwhile Acer’s Iconia Tab A210 is going for a couple of euro more, but it’s a 10-incher with a 1.3GHz Tegra processor. Like the Lenovo it has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, backed by a microSD slot. However, it does not feature HDMI or GPS. Click here for listings.

Both are pretty interesting alternatives to the 7-inch Nexus. They offer more screen real estate and microSD expansion and cost just €50 more than the Nexus 7 16GB. The tradeoff is the software, as both run Android 4.0, while the Nexus 7 rocks Jelly Bean out of the box and it is far more likely to receive timely updates in the future.

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