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Acer's iPad mini challenger, the Iconia A1-830, is upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat

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Acer's iPad mini challenger, the Iconia A1-830, is upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat
Acer announced its new Iconia A1-830 in January, saying that the tablet would be launched sometime this quarter in the US, Canada, and other markets. While we’re not seeing it available anywhere for now, Acer released an A1-830 promo video a few days ago, thus suggesting that its launch nears.

Sporting a 7.9-inch display with a metal-made rear case, the Acer Iconia A1-830 can be considered an iPad mini competitor. However, since its screen resolution is of 768 x 1024 pixels, the tablet can sit only next to the first-generation iPad mini, as the newer iPad mini 2 with Retina Display is in a class of its own.

The Iconia A1-830 will cost $149.99 when it hit shelves. It’ll run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean at launch, but its promo video - embedded below - assures us that it will be updated to 4.4 KitKat at some point. Other features: dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 clocked at 1.6GHz, dual speakers, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support.

You can check out our Acer Iconia A1-830 hands-on for a closer look at this 7.9-inch tablet.



source: Acer (YouTube)

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posted on 18 Feb 2014, 22:44 2

1. SAO101789 (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


This shows you what the ipad mini SHOULD have!!! Ape add a usb or micro sd or I won't buy a ipad from you!!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 23:32 1

2. __0__ (Posts: 232; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Not as good as nexus 7 and a far cry from the iPad mini retina. Don't even mention the first gen iPad mini as ita obsolete crap running 3 year old CPU for a crazy price

Real iPad mini contenders on the android space are nexus 7 , G Pad gpe , tabpro 8.4

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 00:22

3. vincelongman (Posts: 1025; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The CPU was released 2013 Q2.
Though it is crap, roughly as good as Snapdragon S4 Plus/400 and A6.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 00:29

4. RandomUsername (Posts: 419; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Don't forget the Kindle Fire HDX :D

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:20 1

6. __0__ (Posts: 232; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Kindle doesn't have play store , its a forked version of android .

@vincent I mean the A5 in the iPad mini

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 00:51 1

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 692; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I think this device was never meant to be an iPad mini challenger. It's in a class of its own too, offering that package at that price

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 06:11

7. garlic456 (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


Even it has good specs, it looks like a fake iPad mini, if you have that people will laugh to you.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 11:05

8. TuanGugu (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Really nice device & ad by Acer! I see they are putting so much effort into this particular device... I love their new Acer animation at the end.. Somehow it kinda mimics Intel.. Hehe. I've tried their first gen A1 tablet & it is not bad at all for the price! Now with an Intel processor, much better design & overall better quality, Im sure this tablet would be a hit in the budget segment!

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