Acer takes cover off A1-830: 7.9-inch aluminum tablet with great battery life for just $149.99

Acer takes cover off A1-830: 7.9-inch aluminum tablet with great battery life for just $149.99
Acer has just unveiled the A1-830, the newest tablet in its A1 series, and it’s a stylish aluminum 7.9-inch slate with a price of just $149.99. The Acer A1-830 is a lot like the first generation iPad mini - it has the same 4:3 aspect ratio, 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and great battery life. However, it’s running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and is priced at nearly half what Apple asks for its mini.

The first thing you’d notice about the Acer A1-830 is its sleek looks and aluminum body, both things we’re used to seeing in pricier products. Being made out of metal, the tablet has some heft to it. It weighs a solid 0.84 pounds (some 380 grams), but at the same time it's also fairly thin, measuring 0.32 inches (8.15mm).

The display is a “bright” IPS LCD one spanning 7.9-inches in diagonal. The resolution matches that of the original iPad mini at 1024 x 768 pixels - a farcry from the sharp displays we’re used to seeing on tablets like the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini with Retina, but let’s not forget we’re talking about a very affordable device here.

Under the hood, the Acer A1-830 features an Intel Atom Z2560 (or Clover Trail+) processor clocked at 1.6GHz and 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM. The energy-savvy chip contributes to the great battery life of the tablet - the new A1 promises to keep going for 7 and a half hours on a single charge.

The tablet comes with both a rear and front facing cameras. Acer does not disclose the resolution of the cameras (there likely are a 5-megapixel rear and a 2-megapixel front cameras), but it does say the rear one is capable of recording 1080p full HD videos and the front shooter captures 720p video. The media experience is boosted by the presence of dual speakers. The tablet comes with 16GB of internal storage, and you can further expand on this via microSD cards.

Acer also offers some custom-made accessories for the A1-830. The Acer Crunch keyboard is built inside a soft synthetic leather case and can double up as a stand. There is also the Acer Crunch Cover, a microfiber stand that folds into multiple angles, and coming in several colors.

All in all, the Acer A1-830 looks a lot like an Android-running iPad mini. It’s got the same 4:3 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 pixel screen, a sleek aluminum body and an excellent 7.5-hour battery life. It’s coming to the United States and Canada in Q1 2014. Not bad for a $149.99 tablet, is it?


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12 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Personally, thin bezels look best on an 8"-ish tablet

2. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Neat specs, waiting how real-life performance should be...

3. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

"Android 4.2 Jell Bean" not Jell, but Jelly :-)

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Ok but what's "Android 4.2 Jell Bean" .. looks like "Y" is silent :)

5. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

As always, Acer excels at creating mediocre hardware. They should have used the new Bay Trail T SoC instead of last year's Clover Trail.

8. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

There is a driver or compatibility reason for this.

9. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Intel demonstrated Bay Trail on both Windows 8 and Android back in June, so no there is no compatibility issue, manufacturers just haven't made Bay Trail Android tablets yet.

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1063; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Will find a way to import this to Nigeria.

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Oh, come on! Is Acer serious? They are complaining about the fact that they aren't selling Android tablets, but it's their fault! It's not Android's problem, but the fact that they are unable to understand the Android market. Every choice they made is plain wrong. The screen is a joke: 1024x768 means that the price should be $89 and the tablet should be put in the children games' shelf in a toy store. What's more, the 4:3 aspect ratio is wrong for Android. Maybe their heads are still set on Windows netbooks... The processor: Android users don't love Intel processors. At least for now. This may change in the future, but for now if you want to sell use a snapdragon, tegra or good mediatek. Android version: releasing a new product in 2014 with Android 4.2.1? Really? So this product, again, won't sell. The Asus MemoPad HD 7 sells for much less and is much better, and it has been released 6 months ago!

10. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

for me, any mobile device that comes with less than 2gb of ram is just wrong

11. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

great price more decent spec budget tablets seem to be one of the things in CES 2014

12. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

wow these people dont kno how to be satisfy.... its for 150.... wat do u want... its metal

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