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Yet-to-be-released Acer Iconia Tablet Glimpsed

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Acer Iconia A1-180 glimpsed; specs reveal a powerful and sharply priced competitor.

Despite Acer’s hushed approach to the new Iconia tab A1-810, it was briefly listed by the French retailer Rue Du Commerce. The 7.9 inch tablet will be a prime competitor for both the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini, based on the reported specifications listed by the retailer.

According to MiniMachines, who glanced the page before its removal, the iconia A1-810 will be powered by a Cortex A9 chip running at 1.2 GHz with 1 GB of Ram. While this quad core processor falls slightly under the Qualcomm and Nvidia variety, it should still be able to handle normal workload and aid in a steep price reduction. The 7.9 inch screen will also likely feature a 1024 x 768 IPS screen along with the expected 802.11n wireless capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0 support and GPS radios.

The battery is 3,250 mAh which, while being large for a phone, seems to be on the small side for a small tablet with such an intensive quad core SoC. Running on the new Android 4.2, this tablet comes with a pleasant price tag of $260, packed in a matchbox sized case 10.5 mm thick and weighing only 430 gm (15 oz). If the rumors are true, this sharply priced tablet is a sure competitor.

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    Spooderman , April 10, 2013 3:31 PM
    I'll add this to the list of things I'd really enjoy buying if I had the money, right alongside the 7990 and that really expensive ice cream you can get in NY with edible gold.
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    Spooderman , April 10, 2013 4:10 PM
    I'll add this to the list of things I'd really enjoy buying if I had the money, right alongside the 7990 and that really expensive ice cream you can get in NY with edible gold.
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    oj88 , April 10, 2013 9:20 PM
    Another case that Armdroid league is winning over Wintel league. The Wintel solutions sell around $500.
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    house70 , April 11, 2013 4:15 AM
    ^^ Since Wintel league has to purchase the OS, they can NEVER be at the same price point for equivalent hardware. No comparison can be made.
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    CrArC , April 11, 2013 5:29 AM
    Excellent. Current 7" tablets are magnificent but I really think in that size the "squarer" aspect ratio is much better (webpages and typing, etc).

    Glad to see some 'premium' tablets coming out in these aspect ratios, the only others I could find were rather old.

    Don't know if I'll indulge while my Galaxy Tab 2 7" still draws breath, though.
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    Non-Euclidean , April 11, 2013 6:04 AM
    I assume this comes with Acer's legendary craftsmanship and reliability? Sign me up for a gross!
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    chaospower , April 11, 2013 7:16 AM
    Why wait for such a tablet to be released when you can buy something like an "ICOO iCou8GT" at half the price right now?
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    Spooderman , April 13, 2013 8:40 AM
    Didn't notice this until now, but I double posted. Gosh darn this new site layout :/