Acer Introduces the Iconia A1 Tablet Running Android 4.2; Launching in June for $199


Today, Acer had a small event in New York where they announced a few new tablets. And one of those was an Android tablet. Introducing the Acer Iconia A1. It's actually a nice tablet, but can it hold a candle to the Nexus 7? Well here are the specs:

  • 7.9-inch 1024×768 IPS LCD display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage; Expandable to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5MP shooter on the back, VGA camera on the front
  • Quad-core MTK 8125 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 3250mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 – Jelly Bean

Acer Iconia A1 rear view


A lot of may not like the specs, since it seems to be much lower than other 7-inch tablets out there. But it is one of the few tablets out there running Android 4.2, which is a great thing for Acer. At today's event, Acer spent some time talking about Tablets while they launched the Acer Iconia A1 and a few other Windows Notebooks:

"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 perfectlysized Acer Iconia A1. The design is comfortable to hold, while the sleekbuild makesit a natural extension for anyone who wants to keep their digital life right at their fingertips. "

Acer seems to be really touting the fact that you can use this tablet with one hand, which is true for most 7-inch tablets. But they've also included the Touch WakeApp, which is a gesture that gives customers one-touch express access to their favorite apps directly upon waking form sleep. As usual, the Iconia A1 comes with the suite of Google apps including Google Now, Gmail, YouTube, and many more. Acer also says that the Iconia A1 is easy to take everywhere and stay connected as it only weighs 0.90 pounds and is about 0.44 inches thin. The Iconia A1 also has built in GPS for those that want to use Google Maps when traveling.


Acer Iconia A1 vertical right angle

The Iconia A1 from Acer will be available in both 8GB and 16GB models and they do have a microSD card slot that can handle a 32GB microSD card. The tablet is said to be available in June and will be around $199. Which isn't a bad price, since it'll compete directly with the HP Slate 7, Nexus 7, and Amazon's Kindle Fire. But with a new Nexus 7 coming up, possibly at Google I/O, how well will this tablet do? Let us know what you think about this tablet in the comments below.

Acer Iconia A1_w_Hand