Acer Iconia A1 Tablet Unveiled: Device to Compete With iPad Mini

The Acer Iconia A1 tablet was unveiled at a press event in New York City earlier today.

The device provides customers in the low-end market with a reasonably priced quad-core tablet. Its display is slightly less impressive than what is found on the Nexus 7, but its price tag definitely makes up for it.

The Iconia A1 is Acer's first full-featured 7.9-inch tablet that is targeted at modern day explorers, adventurers and digital users searching for an all-day mobile companion. It features a sleek and light-weight design that allows users to hold the tablet comfortably in one hand.

Specifications on the tablet include a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 7-hour battery life, an LED-backlit IPS display with 1024 x 768 resolution, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, 5-megapixel rear camera, and a microSD card slot. The Iconia A1 also runs Android 4.2, JellyBean.

The most enticing aspect of the tablet is that it only costs $169 for the 8GB variant and $199 for the 16GB model. The device is set to hit stores starting next month.

The Google Nexus 7 is slightly more expensive selling for over $199 brand new. The iPad Mini is more expensive than both devices, starting at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.

The Nexus 7 features a 7-inch display with a greater resolution at 1280 x 800 and 216 pixels per inch. It also has a quad-core processor and comes with NVIDIA's Tegra 3.

The iPad Mini features a 7.9-inch display, making it the same size as Acer's new slate. It has the same resolution as the Iconia A1 at 1024 x 768 with 163 pixels per inch. It runs Apple's dual-core A5 chip and iOS 6. Apple is expected to release a Retina iPad Mini later this year.