Acer outs the Iconia A1: 7.9-inch IPS display and built-in 3G, priced at $169

And the news just keeps on coming. Acer just made yet a third product announcement here at its New York City press event. That would be the Acer Iconia A1 tablet, a $169 tablet running Android. Spec-wise, it measures 11.1mm thick, runs some unspecified quad-core, 1.2GHz processor and is topped off by a 7.9-inch IPS display with 1,024 x 768 resolution (hey, what’d you expect on a budget tablet?). It also has built-in 3G, similar to the comparably priced FonePad from ASUS. As for software customizations, you’ll find Acer’s WakeApp feature which lets you launch into a designated app when you wake the tablet from sleep.

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In our brief hands-on, the device felt like you’d expect a $169 tablet to feel: it’s made of plastic, and lacks any sort of visual flare, but the back cover at least feels durable, and doesn’t seem to pick up many fingerprints (especially in white). The display, too, might be the best part about the device, its low pixel count be damned: the viewing angles are wide enough that you can read the screen with the tablet lying face-up on a table. That’s all for now, but we’ll be uploading a hands-on gallery shortly.

Update: We’ve amended the post with full (and correct!) specs.

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Via Engadget

Acer outs the Iconia A1: 7.9-inch IPS display and built-in 3G, priced at $169

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