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Acer’s Iconia A1-810 draws inevitable comparison to the iPad mini

Anyone looking to buy an Android tablet has typically been met with widescreen options, with not much in the way of the 4:3 form factor that Apple prefers to use for its range of iPads. Acer is looking to change that, with French retailer Rue du Commerce posting details of the upcoming Iconia A1-810. It’s a 7.9-inch tablet with a resolution of 1024×768, the same screen size and aspect ratio as the iPad mini.

The design of the tablet even resembles Cupertino’s smaller tablet, but the specs and suggested price aren’t really comparable. The Iconia A1-810 is said to be equipped with a 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT8125 processor as well as 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI port. There’s also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS radios onboard.

It’s not particular svelte or light, however. According to the listing, Acer’s tablet weighs around 480 grams and comes in at 10.5mm thick. Still, a 3,250mAh battery should hopefully keep it going through a full working day. The latest version of Android – Jelly Bean 4.2 – is also installed.

Rue du Commerce has since pulled the listing for the tablet, but pricing was previously set at €199 (around £169), putting it well below the cost of the iPad mini. Would a 4:3 aspect ratio really be enough to sway people away from the similarly priced Nexus 7? Google and ASUS’ budget-oriented tablet is also reportedly seeing a refresh in a few short months that would further boost its specs and consumer appeal. If Acer’s tablet does interest you, however, then it will apparently debut sometime around June.

[via Unwired View]

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