Preview: Acer Iconia A1-810

The Acer Iconia A1-810 is a competitively priced, 7.9-inch Android tablet.

The Acer Iconia A1-810 is a competitively priced, 7.9-inch Android tablet.

The Iconia A1-810's screen size makes it a direct competitor to Apple's iPad mini. It has the same sized 7.9in LED-backlit IPS screen with an identical 1024x768 display resolution.

The Iconia A1-810's $249 price is significantly cheaper than the equivalent model iPad mini ($369), but is both heavier (410g) and thicker (11.5mm).

The thickness shouldn't be a significant issue but an extra 100g of weight may be a dealbreaker for many potential users.

There's nothing else about the Acer Iconia A1-810 that really stands out. It has reasonable specifications including a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

A microSD card slot means users can expand the memory if they wish. There's also a micro HDMI port that allows users to connect the A1-810 to a high definition TV.

Other features of the Iconia A1-810 include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that captures full HD 1080p video at 30fps, and a front facing VGA camera to handle video calls.

The A1-810 is a Wi-Fi only tablet and although 3G and 4G models are available in overseas markets, Acer will not sell them in Australia.

The Iconia A1-810 runs a fairly standard looking 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Google's Android operating system.

Acer's 'Touch WakeApp' feature is included. Pressing five fingers onto the screen unlocks the screen and opens an app of your choice, and tapping both thumbs on the screen will again unlock it and launch another app of your choice.

Acer claims the Iconia A1-810 has a "minimum seven hour battery life", though it lists up to 8.95 hours for streaming video on YouTube and up to 9.56 hours when watching a video from the 16GB of internal memory. The 4960mAh battery isn't removable.

The Acer A1-810 is available now for $249 through Acer's online store and through selected Australian retailers

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