Acer has a tablet surprise up its sleeve: the Iconia A1-810, a new tablet offering a 8 inch display and costs a nice €199. The low price point does not allow for compromises, as the tablet does feature a quad core chip in the form of a 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT8125 ARM Cortex-A9 processor (definitely not the fastest around but does offer decent performance), 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB of storage. There is a microSD card slot for more storage, along with a camera along the front and rear. The Iconia A1-810 also comes with a micro HDMI and a micro USB port, while the company claims the 3250mAh battery is capable enough to support 7 hours of operations. The 7.9 inch display along with its 1024 x 768 pixel count is exactly the same as the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini costs a higher €339 in France, however, though the A1-850 is a bit less appealing with its thick bezel design that imparts a sort of heavy build to the Acer tablet.
There is no word yet on when Acer intends to launch the tablet in other parts of the world, though for now, French retailer Rue du Commerce is accepting pre-orders. It is interesting that the 8 inch tablet segment is recently receiving the maximum activity, while the 7 inch segment seems to have taken the backseat.