Acer has been eyeing the niche market for smaller tablets, currently dominated by technology titans – Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad Mini. As an entrant into this segment, Acer had announced a new metal clad 7.9 inch screen toting tablet – the Acer Iconia A1-830 – in January this year. The announcement had stated that the budget friendly tablet device would be available in the US, Canada as well as other markets sometime this quarter. So far, we have not seen the device launched, however a promo video released by Acer stands testimony to the fact that the device would be seeing an imminent release.
In terms of specifications however, we would not place the A1-830 anywhere near the titans – the Google Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini – especially since Acer has had to cut quite a lot of corners to meet the low-cost price tag for the device. The Acer Iconia A1-830 sports a 7.9 inches IPS LCD which offers a 1024 x 768 pixels resolution (amounting to a mediocre ~162 pixels per inch density), a 5 mega pixels (MP) primary camera which is capable of handling 1080p Full HD video recordings and a 2 MP secondary camera for video calls and the occasional selfie are on board. The device is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz with the PowerVR SGX544 graphics processing unit (GPU). 16 GB of internal storage is available, which can be expanded up to an additional 32 GB thanks to the built-in MicroSD slot. 1 GB of RAM would be sufficient to handle mundane and routine tasks however gaming performance is something we cannot comment on as of now.
On launch, the A1-830 will be pre-loaded with the older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean however, if the promo video (embedded at the end of this article) is anything to go by, we could see the budget device receiving a bump up to Android 4.4 Kit Kat soon after launch. The device is expected to retail around the $149.99 mark in the US, when it hits shelves sometime this quarter.
However we would not hold out much hope for this libation from Acer to become a snap hit, after all Android users’ appetite for budget tablets has been whetted thanks to the amazing Google Nexus 7. Do you think the Acer Iconia A1-830 stands a chance against the titans? Our comments section awaits.