Continuing with the spate of Acer announcements from today, next up we have the Iconia A1 Tablet. Details on the SoC are a bit scarce, but it’s listed as a quad-core 1.2GHz 28nm MT8389W MediaTek chip (with MT6167 for 3G); MediaTek has used PowerVR SGX 544 previously, but it’s not clear which GPU is in the MT8389W. Regardless, the 1024x768 LCD resolution doesn’t need a ton of graphics power for moderate gaming, so hopefully the GPU will prove sufficient.

Acer makes a point of calling the A1 a “one-handed” tablet, suggesting that the smaller size than traditional tablets makes it more usable with a single hand. Dimensions of the A1 measure 208.7mm x 145.7mm x 11.1mm and with a weight of 410g (WiFi only; 430g for 3G) it’s reasonably light, but we’ve seen other 7” tablets so this is nothing really new.

Other features of note are the IPS XGA LCD, 1GB DDR3L RAM, 8GB/16GB eMMC storage, 0.3MP (640x480) front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera (with 1080p30 video support), microSD slot with support for up to 32GB, Micro USB 2.0, Micro HDMI, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n, and an 18.6Wh battery with up to eight hours of battery life. The A1 ships with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

The Iconia A1-810 with 16GB will be available in June with an MSRP of $200.

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  • HisDivineOrder - Saturday, May 4, 2013 - link

    Prices are finally getting closer to where they need to be. Google, trump them all with a $150 Nexus.
  • nunomoreira10 - Saturday, May 4, 2013 - link

    That would kill the Android market to all other companies.
    If google want to promote Android, it should't be by turning it umprofitable, just make some real nice tablets at a nice price to earn your money
  • HisDivineOrder - Saturday, May 4, 2013 - link

    Is that ARM CPU based on A7 or A9? Very sure it's not A15...
  • JarredWalton - Saturday, May 4, 2013 - link

    Best guess is Cortex-A7. The closest part number I could find is MT6589:
  • Mugur - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - link

    If MT6589 is quad core A7, MT8389W could be something completely different...
  • valar84 - Saturday, May 4, 2013 - link

    I love the full-featured, affordable, 4:3 8-inch tablet. I'm likely to buy one unless there's a big problem, like it last 2 hours on battery and takes 12 hours to charge (very unlikely, especially since Acer has done well with battery life on its Iconia lineup).

    I just wish they did like the Galaxy Note 8 and added capacitive or hardware buttons on the bezel in order to remove the navigation bar and maximize the use of the 4:3 screen.
  • vision33r - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - link

    Amazon's goal is to kill competition with low prices. They started the low price war by introducing the Kindle Fire at $199.

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