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Acer Iconia A1-810 tablet is first true rival to Nexus 7, iPad Mini

As expected, Acer launched a new tablet called the Iconia A1-810, one that is expected to go on sale at the end of the month and which will carry an SRP of £150 (note that a 3G-capable version of that tablet, called the A1-811, will be launched two months later and will cost around £210).

The leaked details from RueDuCommerce were indeed true. The tablet will have the same display as the Apple iPad Mini, a 7.9in 1,024 x 768 pixel IPS display as well as a 5-megapixel display that does full HD video recording, a 3,250mAh battery, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 1GB of RAM, GPS, Wi-FI, a microHDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, a microUSB one plus a microSD card slot.

Perhaps more significantly is that the tablet represents yet another design win for Chinese semiconductor company, Mediatek. The Iconia A1-810 is expected to run on an MTK8125 chipset, a four-core model that is based on the Cortex-A9 and clocked at 1.2GHz.

Acer also introduced a new feature called the gesture-based Touch WakeApp which gives customers one touch access to their favourite apps directly upon resuming from sleep and bundled its signature AcerCloud.