By Alexandra Burlacu | May 11, 2013 01:43 PM EDT
The Acer Iconia A1 is set to launch in the U.S. in June and it seems the slate will come in Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE models.
The 7.9-inch, low-cost Android tablet will hit U.S. stores next month as a new iPad Mini challenger. The Acer Iconia A1 has the same screen size as the iPad mini, but the Wi-Fi-only version of Acer's offering is expected to cost just over half the price of Apple's slate.
As it turns out, however, the Wi-Fi version may not be the only model Acer plans to offer. The Acer Iconia A1 arrived on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) doorstep this week, and it appears the tablet will be available in 3G and 4G LTE flavors as well.
The Acer Iconia A1 will join a crowded landscape, as budget 7-inch Android tablets seem increasingly popular. The newly-announced tablet starts at $169 and offers some neat specs and features for that price tag.
The Iconia A1 has a solid-looking, decent plastic design with a white back, with design cues reminiscent of the popular Nexus 7. The difference is that Acer's new tablet has a 7.9-inch, 4:3 IPS display with a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels, i.e. the same size and resolution as the display on the iPad Mini. Since it's close to the dimensions of a sheet of paper, it should come in handy for PDFs and e-reading.
Other specs and features include a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. The Iconia A1 also has a built-in 3G option, as well as b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet has a 5-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p 30fps video and a 0.3-mmegapixel front camera for video chats. A micro SD card slot, meanwhile, allows users to add up to 32GB of additional memory. The tablet also features micro USB and HDMI ports, as well as gyroscope and GPS sensors.
The 16GB version of the Acer Iconia A1 will go on sale in June for $199, while the 8GB model will cost $169.
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