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Acer Iconia A1 takes aim at the budget tablet market

After a budget tablet that uses the iPad mini’s 4:3 form factor instead of the usual 16:9 Android tablets? Acer’s latest device is exactly what you’re after. The company recently announced the Iconia A1, a 7.9-inch tablet with a 4:3 form factor and budget price that’s clearly looking snatch your attention away from the iPad mini.

Specs for the tablet include a 7.9-inch 1024×768 display, along with a quad-core MediaTek 8125 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB/16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for an additional 32GB. There’s also a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, plus a VGA front-facing camera for video calling. It’s definitely chunkier and heavier than the iPad mini, though, measuring 10.5mm thick and weighing 460 grams. Having said that, there is onboard 3G connectivity. Everything is powered by a 3,250mAh battery.

Still, Acer has thought a little bit about the experience beyond the decent specs. The Iconia A1 includes a cool new touch gesture for turning the tablet on: pressing five fingers against the screen will wake the tablet and automatically launch an app.

There’s no word on if Acer intends to bring the Iconia A1 to the UK, but when it does launch in America the standard 8GB model will run just $169 (around £108). The 16GB version will bump up the price slightly to $199 (around £127). Acer says the tablet will launch in June, but there aren’t any availability details beyond that at the moment.

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