Acer Iconia A1 becomes official, gets a tempting price (and 3G?)

May 3, 2013
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The Acer Iconia A1-810 has been made official complete with competitive pricing and 3G as well, if we were to believe some other sources.

Acer calls the Iconia A1 a “full featured one-handed tablet for everyone” but the press release doesn’t bring too many new details to the table from what was already known from the recent hands-on preview of the device.

It has a LED-backlit 7.9-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, a MediaTek Quad Core 1.2GHz processor, as well as a 5-megapixel camera. It also comes in two versions, with 8GB and 16GB of internal memory.

Although the preview said that it would be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the company doesn’t mentioning anything about the version of our favorite OS that will be found on board the Iconia A1.

The 16GB version of the tablet will be available for purchase in June, starting at $199.99, putting it in the position to compete with the Nexus 7 (which got better battery life after its Android 4.2.2 update).

The interesting part comes from a report Engadget has published from the Acer event in New York. While the specs do match, and a $169 price for the 8GB model is added, the site also says that the tablets will have 3G connectivity, a detail not at all revealed in the Acer press release.

However, TrustedReviews, quoting Oliver Ahrens, President of Acer Europe, mentions two tablet versions, the Iconia A1-810: 8GB and 16GB, Wi-Fi-only, and a price of €169 (which is roughly $221, presumably for the 16 GB version); and the Iconia A-811, a 3G and Wi-Fi version, costing €219 (around $287).  These are probably European versions, but it’s still a pretty strange difference.

We’ll probably have to wait until Acer has the models on sale to find out more details about that 3G support.

Do you find the Acer Iconia A1 tempting (with or without 3G)?

Show Press Release

Acer Delivers Full Featured One-Handed Tablet for Everyone With Iconia A1 Tablet

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – May 3, 2013) –

Acer today unveiled the Acer Iconia A1, the company’s first full-featured 7.9-inch tablet targeted at modern day explorers, adventurers, digital freaks and mobile executives requiring an all-day mobile companion. Thanks to a sleek and light-weight design that is comfortable to hold in one hand, it also easily fits into a purse or bag. The new Acer Iconia A1 keeps people entertained and connected with smooth and speedy navigation, browsing and media playback powered by a fast quad-core processor.

The Acer Iconia A1 was introduced today with other new products, including the Acer Aspire R7, Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook and Aspire V Series touch notebooks. The new line of Acer mobile products highlights the company’s focus on redefining the computing experience through progressive design.

“Tablets are becoming cherished companions to many people as they stay connected and entertained throughout their day,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. “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 the sleek build makes it a natural extension for anyone who wants to keep their digital life right at their fingertips.”

Highly Responsive Fun

Busy mobile users get the prompt performance they want with smooth video playback, and fluid and fast navigation through apps and websites powered by a fast MediaTek Quad Core 1.2GHz processor. Gestures, zooming, scrolling and navigation are all intuitive, and games are responsive, realistic and even more fun with the integrated gyroscope for movement and vibration responses.

The LED-backlit display with IPS technology and a 170-degree viewing angle vibrantly highlights videos, photos and multimedia content in accurate color and brightness. The 1024×768 resolution makes text and graphics crisp and clear, while the 4:3 aspect ratio is great for web browsing and e-reading as well as gaming.

Acer’s new Touch WakeApp gesture gives customers one-touch express access to their favorite apps directly upon waking from sleep. The Iconia A1 delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, and great content such as magazines, movies, games, books and more than 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store.

Easy to take Everywhere to Stay Connected

Starting at only 0.90 pounds and measuring only 0.44 inches thin, customers will also enjoy taking it with them for navigation and location-based apps via the built-in GPS.

The Acer Iconia A1 keeps consumers connected to Wi-Fi networks and hotspots with reliable 802.11b/g/n wireless technology. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth 4.0 lets consumers quickly connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.

Digital Hub

The 5MP rear-facing camera captures 1080p video at 30fps that can easily be edited for quick sharing on-the-go. The front-facing camera pairs with the enhanced microphone to capture video and audio clearly for video chats and recording. The micro USB 2.0 and microHDMI port enable quick transfer or sharing of customer’s photos, music, videos and other digital content.

Available as 8GB or 16GB2 version with the option to add an additional 32GB2 via microSD, the Iconia A1 is the ideal digital companion for people which are constantly up and about.

Pricing and Availability

The Iconia A1-810 with 16GB capacity will be available in June at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $199.99 USD.

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