Friday, June 21, 2013

Acer Iconia A1-810-81251G01nw - 7.9-inch Android tablet

Acer Iconia A1 has been launched in the Philippines. The 7.9-inch XGA display really takes of cues from the Apple iPad mini, and it really cannot avoid comparison to Apple's newest tablet. More on that later.

The Acer Iconia A1 is priced at Php9,990, and is available for that price at 12-months deferred payment. For cash, you can probably expect to get it for 9K flat. This makes it 60% cheaper than an Apple iPad mini. At first glance Acer actually has the advantage in terms of specifications.

Quick specifications:
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 7.9-inch XGA (1024 x 786) IPS display
  • 16 GB internal storage expandable via a MicroSD card slot
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek MTK8125 processor 
  • PowerVR SGX544 graphics
  • 5 MP primary camera
  • VGA front camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS 
  • 4960 mAh battery

Notably, the Acer Iconia A-1 has expandable storage and does come with GPS.

Where is looses out to the Apple iPad mini is in handiness. 

Acer Iconia A1: 208.7 x 145.7 x 11.1 mm 
Apple iPad mini: 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm 

The Apple iPad mini is 9 mm shorter, 11 mm narrower and 4 mm thinner. In terms of weight, the Apple iPad mini is also just three-forths of the weight of the Acer Iconia A1. 

Basically, the Acer Iconia A1 is a nice offering for the price. The Apple iPad mini gives you a few good reasons to fork out more cash.

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