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Acer jumps into the budget tablet segment with Iconia A1-830, Iconia B1-720

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The budget Android tablet segment is getting a little more crowded today with the introduction of the 7.9-inch Acer Iconia A1-830 and 7-inch Acer Iconia B1-720. The Acer Iconia A1-830 runs on Android 4.2.1, powered by an Atom processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD card slot, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1,024 x 768 resolution IPS display and a battery that can last up to seven hours. The smaller Acer Iconia B1-720 packs a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and five hours of battery life. Since Acer didn’t care to mention any other specs for the B1-720, we’re going to assume there’s not much to write about.

The specs of Acer’s new Iconia tablets won’t be impressing the Android faithful, but Acer is hoping its bargain basement pricing will help capture the attention of the general public. Acer’s Iconia A1-830 will launch in Q1 with a suggested retail price of $149 while the cheaper Acer Iconia B1-720 will carry a $129 sticker price when it shows up in stores in late January.

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Acer Debuts Iconia A1-830 Tablet — Premium, Stylish Design With 7.9-Inch IPS Display

LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Jan 3, 2014) -

Editors’ Summary:

  • Stylish, premium design features aluminum metal back cover
  • Stunning visuals on 7.9-inch LED-backlit display with IPS(1) technology
  • Great performance with Intel® Atom™ processor and dual speakers for rich audio
  • Ideal for consumers who want a superior tablet for enjoying web browsing, casual gaming, sharing and staying connected
  • Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC™) for creating reliable, more secure and easy to use self-built clouds 

Acer America today unveiled the new Acer Iconia A1-830, a 7.9-inch Android tablet with a premium and stylish design, vibrant IPS display(1), responsive performance and rich sound, starting at just $149. The Acer Iconia A1-830 is ideal for consumers who want a superior tablet for enjoying web browsing, casual gaming, sharing and staying connected.

The new Acer Iconia A1-830 debuts at this year’s 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will be shown for the first time at Pepcom‘s Digital Experience! media event on Monday, Jan. 6, which highlights some of the hottest gadgets and technologies debuting this week.

“Our fundamental goal when creating the Acer Iconia A1-830 was to provide our customers with an optimized Android tablet that stands out from other devices,” said Jerry Kao, associate vice president of Acer Mobile Consumer Business Unit. “Consumers expect more than ever from value-oriented products, and the Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet delivers much more than tablets in this class with its vibrant IPS display, premium aluminum metal finish and great performance and sound.”

Stylish Design with IPS Display
The tablet features a premium design with an aluminum rear cover and a metal mid-frame to add strength and rigidity to the device. This durable design provides additional protection for the 7.9-inch display (1024 x 768 resolution) with IPS technology. The IPS display offers crisp and accurate colors from viewing angles up to 178 degrees for an enhanced visual experience. The 4:3 aspect ratio provides a large viewing area for browsing websites and reading.

The premium chassis features an elegant silver design that is comfortable to hold thanks to its smooth finish and rounded edges. The tablet is stylish and portable at only 0.84 pounds. Also, the 7.9-inch display is surrounded by a sleek bezel and measures only 0.32 inches (8.15mm) thin, so it’s easy to hold in just one hand for convenient multi-touch.

Performance and Long Battery Life for Web-Browsing and Entertainment
The Acer Iconia A1-830 is powered by an Intel® Atom™ (Clover Trail+) Z2560 1.6GHz processor and 1GB of onboard LPDDR2 SDRAM, so it delivers fluid and fast navigation through apps and websites, smooth video playback and better mobile gaming.

“People continue to demand more from their tablets, and we must stay ahead of what they need and want to do,” said Hermann Eul, corporate vice president and general manager for Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “Acer has designed a tablet that does just that using our multi-core multi-threaded Intel Atom processor for Android. The new Acer Iconia A1-830 provides a smooth, seamless and responsive Android-based mobile experience for multitasking, web browsing and gaming. We’re excited to see another Intel-based Android tablet available for consumers.”

Designed for a great portable media experience, the Iconia A1-830 plays vibrant video and movies. Customers will enjoy their media even more with dual speakers for rich stereo sound. There is plenty of room to store media and apps with the tablet’s 16GB of storage, as well as via the microSD slot that supports cards up to 32GB(3). The Iconia A1-830 also features the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean operating system and 7.5 hours of battery life.

The Acer Iconia A1-830 keeps consumers connected to Wi-Fi networks with 802.11b/g/n wireless. Its rear-facing camera captures 1080p HD audio/video recording with a 2560 x 1920 resolution. The front facing camera is great for video chats and capturing images with a 1600 x 1200 resolution for 720p audio/video recording. Plus, the tablet’s integrated microUSB and Bluetooth 3.0 lets consumers quickly connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and speakers.

Acer PCs can be seamlessly integrated for accessing data anytime, anywhere — throughBuild Your Own Cloud (BYOC™)(4). It enables users to build their own cloud on their devices, such as music, photos and other types of clouds. These self-built clouds, based on an Acer Open Platform, are reliable, more secure, easy to use and provide users convenient access to their information and content anytime, anywhere.

Accessories for Extra Productivity and Protection
A variety of optional accessories make the tablet experience more enjoyable and productive.

Acer Crunch Keyboard - For users who need a keyboard, Acer offers a state-of-the-art, ultra-slim Crunch Keyboard that is built into a soft synthetic leather case. The keyboard easily folds outs while the case serves as a tablet stand. The keyboard is only 0.21 inches (5.3 mm) thin, offers Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and is rechargeable via microUSB.

Acer Crunch Cover - Made with durable microfiber, the Crunch Cover folds out into a tablet stand with multiple angle settings to suit a range of user preferences. The slim-fit cover provides access to all ports and is available in several colors.

Other options include a protective case, protection film and adaptor kit with bag.

Pricing and Availability
The Iconia A1-830 will be available in North America this quarter starting at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $149.