We’ve seen Acer’s 7.9-inch Iconia A1-810 tablet before. Now the Taiwanese company is going to release in the US market the budget tablet and gives it a shorter name of Iconia A1. As an Android tablet, the A1 may be competing more directly with other similar size Android tablets such as HP’s Slate 7 and Google’s Nexus 7, but with a 7.9-inch 1024×768 4:3 display, it looks like Acer is positioning the device against Apple’s iPad mini that has the same display size and resolution.
As reported previously, the one-handed A1 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (more precisely MediTek MT8389W) and 1GB of RAM. It has 8GB of 16GB of internal storage. There are a 5 Megapixel main camera with 1080p Full HD video recording and a 0.3 Megapixel front-facing camera. The tablet supports Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WiFi 802.11n connectivity and provides microHDMI and micro USB ports. A microSD card slot is also provided for expansion. The Iconia is also available with optional 3G.
Acer’s new tablet runs Android 4.2 and comes pre-loaded with WakeApp that allows users to wake up the device and launch designated app automatically by pressing five fingers onto the screen or tapping both thumbs on the screen. Coming in June, the 8GB model is priced at $169 and the 16GB model at $199.