The 7.9 inch Iconia A1-810 tablet is a surprise from Acer. Not many have seen it coming, though that is not the last surprising thing about it. Acer is reported to be considering the idea of pricing it ultra cheap, making the tablet a fox in the henhouse. At $149, the purported price of the new Acer tablet, it will be a cheaper alternative to the plethora of 7 and 8 inch tablets already on the market. This comes to a steep cut of $100, considering Acer had initially planned to price the 810 at $249. Interestingly, the price will be cut even before the tablet is officially launched. Mass production is expected to begin towards end of this month.
As for its features, the tablet offers a 1024 x 768 pixel 7.9 inch display, which is exactly the same as the present gen iPad Mini. The display is being provided by AUO, while Wistron will be putting together the device. The tablet comes with a 1.2 GHz MediaTek quad core MT8125 chip, which works in conjunction with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The tablet also features a microSD card slot along with a 5 megapixel camera at the rear and a VGA unit at the front.
Acer’s tablet sales have increased significantly in the first quarter, registering sequential growth of about 260-300 percent. A bulk of it, almost 70-75 percent, has come from increased sales of its budget tablet B1. In view of this, Acer has doubled its tablet sales estimate for 2013 from 5 million to 10 million units.
The Iconia A1-810 is already reported to have gone on sale in France via retailer Rue du Commerce.