Acer unveiled their new lineup products yesterday, May 3rd in New York and among all products, we have spotted a daring Iconia A1 tablet. Now, just to make clear, it is not a top product, so don’t expect for premium materials for the cover or an incredible design. Instead Acer opted for a mid range tablet that is meant to be an accessible option for the same target audience as high end tablets such as Nexus 7.
Acer Iconia A1 features a 7.9 inch LED-backlit display with a 1024 x 760 resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio. Inside it is powered by a MediaTek Quad Core 1.2 GHz processor and features a 5 megapixel camera. It comes in two versions, one with a 8 GB internal memory storage and one with 16 GB storage. The price for the 16GB model is $199.99 and it will be available starting June 2013.
Beside this tablet, Acer introduced some other interesting products which are an upgrade version of their older products and also some now models. And we’re talking here about Acer Aspire R7, Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook and Aspire V Series touch notebooks. Looking at all these products, we can clearly see that Acer is aiming to introduce accessible tablets among people who couldn’t afford to have one until now. And even if it’s not the lowest price possible for a tablet, if we compare the price versus specs, we can see that it is a good choice for starters who are not asking too much for a tablet, and the performance will satisfy their needs.
Acer Iconia A1 is promoting its ergonomic design, mentioning tablets weight (0.90 pounds )and thickness ( 0.44 inches ) and claiming that customers will enjoy carrying it with them anywhere they go. And at this weight vs. thin ratio it is an easy device to be taken anywhere with no effort at all.
Among other specs, Iconia A1 features Wi-Fi with 802.11b/g/n wireless technology and Bluetooth 4.0. But nothing was mentioned about any 3G version, even if this would be a demand among targeted customers. On the other hand, Engadget mentioned that a version of Iconia A1 will feature 3G connectivity and will be priced at $169 for the 8 GB model. But since it was not mentioned in the press conference we cannot be 100% sure whether or not such model will in fact be available in US.
In Europe for example, the Acer Iconia A1-810 Wi-Fi version with 16 GB internal storage is around $220 and they also have Acer Iconia A1-811 who features both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and is priced at $290. Maybe those models are not designed for US and here we are only going to receive the Wi-Fi model.