Acer-Iconia-A1Acer South Africa unveiled the Iconia A1 tablet at a media event in Johannesburg yesterday.

The tablet is a 7.9” device that has an LED-backlit display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, has a 5-megapixel camera, and offers up to 7 hours of battery life.

Acer aims to reach a wider audience with the Iconia A1 and says its targeting ‘modern day explorers, adventurers, digital freaks and busy mobile executives’.

Speaking about its ‘one-handed’ use, Oliver Ahrens, president of Acer Europe says, “The design is comfortable to hold, while sleek build makes it a natural extension for anyone who wants to keep their digital life right in one hand.”

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My initial first impression after holding the tablet was that it’s slightly thick (11.1mm thick) and weighs 410 grams. The A1 has along the edges a mircoSD slot, and mini HDMI out, and at the bottom, a charging slot and audio jack, with a power button on the top. The 4:3 aspect ratio screen (1024×768) has a 170-degree viewing angle.

The tablet offers WiFi connectivity and an optional 3G and Bluetooth 4.0. The 5MP camera shoots video at 1080p and has a front facing camera. Storage options include 8GB or 16GB with option to expand up to 32GB via microSD.

The recommended retail price is somewhere between R3000 – R3500.

Each guest at the event received a tablet, which I will be reviewing soon. Stay tuned.

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