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CES: Acer unveils new Iconia tablet

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At the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas today, Acer unveiled a new Iconia 7.9‚” Android tablet with a premium and stylish design.

The Acer Iconia A1-830, being shown for the first time at Pepcom’s Digital Experience! media event today, will formally debut at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The Digital Experience! Event highlights some of the hottest gadgets and technologies debuting at CES.

The A1-830 is a 7.9-inch Android tablet with a premium and stylish design, vibrant IPS display and rich sound. It is aimed at consumers who want a superior tablet for enjoying web browsing and casual gaming, as well as sharing and staying connected.

‚”Our fundamental goal when creating the Acer Iconia A1-830 was to provide our customers with an optimized Android tablet that stands out from other devices,‚” said Jerry Kao, associate Vice President of Acer Mobile Consumer Business Unit. ‚”Consumers expect more than ever from value-oriented products, and this tablet delivers much more than tablets in this class.‚”

The tablet features a premium design with an aluminum rear cover and a metal mid-frame to add strength and rigidity to the device. This durable design provides additional protection for the 7.9-inch display (1024 x 768 resolution) with IPS technology. The IPS display offers crisp and accurate colors from viewing angles up to 178 degrees for an enhanced visual experience. The 4:3 aspect ratio provides a large viewing area for browsing websites and reading.

The premium chassis features an elegant silver design that is comfortable to hold thanks to its smooth finish and rounded edges. The tablet is stylish and portable at only 380 grams. The 7.9-inch display is surrounded by a sleek bezel and measures only 8.15mm thin, so it’s easy to hold in just one hand for convenient multi-touch.

It runs the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean operating system and is powered by an Intel Atom (Clover Trail+) Z2560 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of onboard LPDDR2 SDRAM. The processor also contributes to the long 7.5-hour battery life.

‚”People continue to demand more from their tablets, and we must stay ahead of what they need and want to do,‚” said Hermann Eul, Corporate Vice President and General Manager for Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. ‚”Acer has designed a tablet that does just that using our multi-core multi-threaded Intel Atom processor for Android. We’re excited to see another Intel-based Android tablet available for consumers.‚”

The tablet has 16GB of storage, as well as a microSD slot that supports cards up to 32GB. It connects to Wi-Fi networks with 802.11b/g/n wireless.

Its rear-facing camera captures 1080p Full HD audio/video recording with a 2560 x 1920 resolution. The front facing camera captures images with a 1600 x 1200 resolution for 720p audio/video recording. The tablet’s integrated microUSB and Bluetooth 3.0 lets consumers quickly connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and speakers.

Acer PCs can be seamlessly integrated for accessing data through Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC), which enables users to build their own cloud on their devices. These self-built clouds, based on an Acer Open Platform, are reliable, more secure, easy to use and provide users convenient access to their information and content anytime, anywhere.

A variety of optional accessories make the tablet experience more enjoyable and productive:

Acer Crunch Keyboard — For users who need a keyboard, Acer offers an ultra-slim Crunch Keyboard that is built into a soft synthetic leather case. The keyboard easily folds outs while the case serves as a tablet stand. The keyboard is only 5.3 mm thin, offers Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and is rechargeable via microUSB.

Acer Crunch Cover — Made with durable microfiber, the Crunch Cover folds out into a tablet stand with multiple angle settings to suit a range of user preferences. The slim-fit cover provides access to all ports and is available in several colors.

Other options include a protective case, protection film and adaptor kit with bag.

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