While scouring Acer’s booth at Computex, we spotted their iPad Mini contender – the Iconia Tab A1, which we featured last April when it was leaked by a French retailer. While we’re at it, we thought of giving you guys a look at this competitively-priced Android tablet.
Unlike its cheaper counterpart (Iconia B1), the Iconia A1 has a more polished feature both inside and out. It sports a 7.9-inch IPS display which is similar to the one found on the iPad Mini. Doing the legwork for this Jellybean tablet is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor from MediaTek and 1GB RAM. It comes with 16GB native storage which can be expanded through a micro-SD card.
This slate is equipped with a pair of snappers, VGA on the front and 5 megapixel on back side. It has a full suite of connections including a port for a micro-HDMI. Powering all of these components is a non-removable 4,960mAh battery pack tucked underneath the glossy back panel.
Acer Iconia A1-810 specs:
7.9″ IPS display (1024×768) @162ppi
1.2GHz MediaTek MT8125 quad-core processor
16GB internal storage w/ microSD support
5MP rear camera
Android 4.2 Jellybean
Dimension: 208.7 x 145.7 x 10.5 mm
Based on our brief encounter with the tablet, it was able to deliver a rather decent user experience. It’s certainly not the snappiest slate on the lot, but for its price, we were content with the performance we got out of it.
Speaking of price, the 3G-enabled version of the Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 with a 8GB internal storage will set you back USD169 or little over eight grand in our local currency. Another 30 bucks will get you twice the storage. The tablet is not yet launched locally, but if the price is roughly the same as the international version, it will be strong contender in the 10-inch below Android tablet market.