With decent specs, a killer price, and a solid name behind it, Google’s Nexus 7 is the budget Android tablet to beat. We’ve seen a whole lot of competitors arrive to take a swing at the Nexus 7, but so far none have managed to make an impact; we either get models that are too expensive, or more often tablets that beat the Nexus 7 on price, but make too many sacrifices to do so. Will the latest to arrive be better suited for the task? Let’s take a look at the newly-announced Acer Iconia A1.
Acer knows its way around a budget tablet, as we’ve already seen with models like the Iconia Tab A110 or Iconia B1. The new Iconia A1 manages to come in under the $200 mark, priced at just about $170. It has a 7.9-inch LCD with a 1024 x 768 resolution – lower than the Nexus 7. It will measure 11.1 millimeters thick, and support 3G data.
So far, that’s sounding a little “meh;” what about processor? Well, it could be good news, as the A1 will be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core SoC. We’re just a little concerned that the precise chip has so far managed to go unnamed, which gives us a bad feeling like we could be dealing with something like a MediaTek part – a far cry from a quad-core Snapdragon S4.
One saving grace could be the IPS LCD’s image quality, which despite the low resolution is supposed to have pretty generous viewing angles. If the SoC turns out being decent, the A1 might be worth a look, but we’re going to want to know a little more about it first.