If you’re a “don’t believe the hype”-minded electronics consumer, the Iconia A1 may be the right tablet for you. A soon-released follow-up to Acer’s Iconia B1 tablet, the 7.9-inch iPad mini challenger has Apple beat on it’s price point (nearly half as much; retail projected at $169) and the specs to back it up — or at least a recent leak regarding the device claims that it does.
Allegedly, Acer’s Iconia A1 will offer a wide-angle IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and an aspect ratio of 4:3. Sound familiar? These specs are identical to iPad mini’s. In comparison to Google’s Nexus 7, Acer’s A1 provides as much as 35-percent more surface area.
It’ll be slightly thicker than it’s predecessor, at 11.1mm in thickness versus the B1′s 9.78mm. The A1 will pack a MediaTek MT8125 quad-core, 1.20 GHz processor to keep production costs down, include 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera and a VGA front camera for video messaging. It’s 3250 mAh battery is average but won’t add too much to the A1′s 460 grams.
Acer focused more on the form of their A1, creating a clean appearance; rounded edges, simple colors and an ergonomic design. This form factor will create an easier and more comfortable user experience — a crucial factor that could even dissuade iPad mini believers.