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Acer Iconia A1 revealed as iPad Mini rival

Acer has launched its first 7.9-inch tablet, the Acer Iconia A1, that looks set to be a reasonably price iPad mini Android alternative.

The slim Acer Iconia A1 has a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on its 7.9 inch 1024 x 768p resolution display.

“Tablets are becoming cherished companions to many people as they stay connected and entertained throughout the day,” said Oliver Ahrens, President of Acer Europe. “We want everyone to experience that.”

“Everything that makes tablets so enjoyable is even better on the perfectly-sized Acer Iconia A1. The design is comfortable to hold, while sleek build make it a natural extension for anyone who wants to keep their digital life right in one hand.”

Acer Iconia A1 Features
The Acer Iconia A1 is the company’s first 7.9-inch tablet, with the LED IPS screen offering a 170-degree viewing angle and 1024 x 768p resolution. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the Acer Iconia A1 runs the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Offering a 5-megapixel camera in the rear, the Acer Iconia A1 is capable of capturing Full 1080p HD video at a rate of 30 fps. Shipping with internal storage options of 8GB or 16GB, this can be expanded via the microSD card slot that supports memory cards up to 32GB, useful for those Full HD videos.

Unlike its size rival, the iPad mini, the Acer Iconia A1 has a USB 2.0 and microHDMI port for a swift transferal of digital content and offers extended connectivity options.

With an average 7-hour battery life, the Acer Iconia A1 is 11.1mm thick and weighs 410g. In comparison to the iPad mini, the Acer Iconia A1 is heavier and chunkier than Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet, which weighs 308g and is just 7.2mm in depth.

GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity is built into the Acer Iconia A1, and the tablet will ship in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and 3G options.

The new Acer Iconia A1 also plays host to the company’s news Acer Touch WakeApp gesture, which allows users one-touch access to their favourite app immediately after the tablet wakes up. We’re not quite sure what this means as yet, but look out for our Acer Iconia A1 hands-on later today.

Acer Iconia A1 Release Date and Price

The Acer Iconia A1 will be released as two models. The first, the Acer Iconia A1-810 is the Wi-Fi only option costing €169 (£143) and will be available from the end of May. The Acer Iconia A1-811 is the 3G and Wi-Fi option available from the end of July with a €219 (£185) price tag.

Still prefer the look of the iPad mini? Check out our iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 comparison to make sure.

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