Acer Iconia A1 tablet arrives as low-cost iPad mini rival
3rd May 2013 | 15:00
While Iconia B1 receives face lift
The Acer Iconia A1 has just been officially unveiled by the Taiwanese firm sporting a form factor which could rival the iPad mini and a price which will make your bank manager very happy.
Packing a 7.9-inch, 1024 x 768 display the screen on the Iconia A1 is the same size and resolution as found on Apple's pint sized tab, and Acer's new slate doesn't shy away in the power stakes either with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor under the hood.
In terms of other specs the Iconia A1 rocks up with a 5MP rear facing camera, 8GB and 16GB storage options, microSD slot, Wi-Fi, optional 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 and a couple of connectivity ports in the form of microUSB and microHDMI.
At 410g the Acer Iconia A1 is going to be noticeably heavier than its Apple competition, plus the 11.1mm thick chassis makes this tablet one of the chunkier options on the market.
The real killer spec on the A1 though is its price. The tablet is set to hit stores this month with the Wi-Fi only version starting at £149.99 (around $220/AU$216), while the 3G version will be available from £209.99 (around $287/AU$280).
There's more from the firm too, with the 7-inch Iconia B1 tablet receiving a quick nip and tuck procedure to give it a fresh new look.
It's not just an aesthetical make-over though with Acer also doing some tinkering under the hood with the addition of a 3G option and 1GB of RAM - up from 512MB in the original.
If you thought the A1 was coming in at a low price then be prepared to be seriously impressed with the pricing of the Acer Iconia B1. The Wi-Fi version starts at £109.99 (around $169/AU$165) while the 3G enabled slate can be picked up from £129.99 (around $235/AU$229).