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CES 2014 | Acer announces a new 7.9-inch Android tablet - the Iconia A1-830 *Updated

The new tablet aims for a premium look and feel without a high price

Acer may not have had any runaway successes in the Android tablet market so far but that doesn't mean Asus and Samsung can ignore the Taiwanese company. Several new Acer products are due to be announced in Las Vegas this week, among them the Iconia A1-830 tablet.

The new device features a 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 IPS display, an Intel Atom Z2560 1.6 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 5 MP back-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n wifi, a microSD slot (up to 32 GB cards), and 7.5 hours of battery life.

The A1-830 has the 4:3 aspect ratio that has proven to be fairly popular over the last year, and includes premium materials (aluminum) in a tablet that still manages to qualify for the budget category. Unfortunately cuts had to be made somewhere and Acer decided to use an older Atom processor (a Clover Trail +) as opposed to one of the newer Bay Trail models.

The tablet will be available in North America sometime this quarter with prices starting at US$179.99 in the United States, and CAD199.99 in Canada. A variety of accessories will also be available including a keyboard/cover.

* Update: Acer has let us know the initial price quoted was incorrect. The tablet will be available for just $149 for all of North America.

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Craig Munro, 2014-01- 3 (Update: 2014-01- 4)