$199 Acer Iconia A1 a Genuine Threat to Google Nexus 7, iPad Mini

$199 Acer Iconia A1 a Genuine Threat to Google Nexus 7, iPad MiniAcer has officially lifted the lid on the Iconia A1, confirming its RRP as just $199 and a release date for next month. With a screen size of 7.9-inches and specs that blur the line between mid-range and budget, the wallet and pocket-friendly Iconia A1 has every chance of scooping up significant market share in the stomping ground of the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini.

The Iconia A1 made its debut alongside a series of new releases from Acer, including the Aspire V Series, the Acer Aspire P3 and the Aspire R7. Acer recently spoke of its intent to reinvent its mobile computing range to meet the ever growing demands of a shifting consumer market.

“Tablets are becoming cherished companions to many people as they stay connected and entertained throughout their day,” spoke America’s marketing vice president Sumit Agnihotry. “We want everyone to experience that. Everything that makes tablets so enjoyable is even better on the perfectly-sized Acer Iconia A1. The design is comfortable to hold, while the sleek build makes it a natural extension for anyone who wants to keep their digital life right at their fingertips.”

The $199 price tag of the Acer Iconia A1 belies the seriously competent specs to found under the hood. Leading the charge is a blistering 1.2GHz quad-core processor from MediaTek, while the super 1024 x 768p touchscreen does an excellent job of creating a premium look. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean takes care of things at the helm, while the 5-megapixel rear shooter and up to 16GB expandable storage space are more than enough for light to medium-users.

Unlike the iPad Mini however, the Acer Iconia A1 has a significant ace in the hole by way of a micro-HDMI and USB 2.0 port for superbly competent connectivity.

Battery life come in at around the seven-hour mark and the tablet as a whole weighs less than a pound, with a super-slender 7.2mm frame.

The exact release date for the Acer Iconia A1 next month is yet to be specified, though we’re told both Wi-Fi only and 3G cellular versions will launch side-by-side.