Acer just announced probably another contender to compete with the Google Nexus 7. It has fairly good specs but the screen is at 7.9-inch 1024×768 IPS display which clearly look like an iPad Mini rip-off at first.

The Acer Iconia A1 is likely a follow-up to Iconia B1 which is also an affordable tablet in the low-end market. But the Iconia A1 is more powerful as it has a 1.2GHz quad-core Mediatek processor (same as the MyPhone A919i Duo), 1GB RAM, and Android Jelly Bean. It will also come in either 8GB or 16GB and though it’s similar in screen size with the iPad Mini, the Acer Iconia A1 is on the thicker side with measuring at 11.1mm thick.

It is also said that it will have built-in 3G connectivity so it’s quite an edge over the cheaper Nexus 7. It’s also similar to the recently announced ASUS FonePad which is about the same price too. We’re not sure if it can make phone calls too but we’ll let you know once we get some information about it. Also, if you’re into the tablet with phone functionality craze, you can also check out the Galaxy Tab 3.

Acer Iconia A1 Specs

  • 7.9-inch IPS Display, 1024×768 pixel resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB / 16GB internal storage
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 1080p video recording at 30fps
  • Front facing camera
  • WiFi
  • 3G
  • Bluetooth
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Weight: 0.90 pounds
  • Battery: TBA

The Acer Iconia A1 will sell for $169 for the 8GB while it’ll come at $199 for the 16GB variant in the US. If we’ll directly convert it to peso, the price starts at Php6,800 and Php8,000. At this price point, will you skip the Nexus 7 goodness in exchange of the 3G connectivity? Considering the current price of the Nexus tablet here in our country, I guess you’ll end up owning the Acer Iconia A1 if you’re on tight budget. If you have the cash, then I think the Nexus 7 is still the better choice.

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