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Deal: £149 Acer Iconia A1 tablet

Taiwanese manufacturer Acer seems determined not to abandon the entry level Android tablet to white label, Asus and Google. It unveiled a 7.9in device last months, one that seems to straddle the line between that market and Apple's own turf, with its iPad mini device.

Meet the Acer Iconia HD A1-810, a quad-core tablet that costs £149 at Tesco, thanks to a £20 discount voucher (TDX-Kq9V). The device runs on a quad-core SoC from Mediatek, one clocked at 1.2GHz and based on the Cortex-A7 architecture, with a PowerVR SGX GPU. The combination is likely to achieve similar benchmark scores compared to the Tegra 3 in the Nexus 7.

Other key specifications include a 7.9in 1,024 x 768 pixel display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing VGA one, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, up to seven hours battery life plus a complete array of expansion slots (microHDMI, microUSB and microSD card reader).

Given that the Acer Iconia A1 was only unveiled six weeks ago, it's fair to say that Acer means business and wants to capture as much market share as possible before Asus and Google Introduce the next version of the Nexus 7 (or has it already been done via the MemoPad HD?). Check our preview of the Acer Iconia A1-810 tablet here.

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