Acer Readies Iconia A1-810, its iPad mini Competitor

iPad mini vs. Nexus 7 may be perceived as the mainstream tablet fight of the season, but Apple's offering edges past its opponent with a slightly bigger 4:3 screen. Acer wants go take a shot at the iPad mini with a 7.9-inch offering of its own, the Iconia A1-810, due for later this month.

Pictured alongside, the Iconia A1-810 features a 7.9-inch screen with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution, same as the iPad mini. It even features a similar piano-black fascia, with a frosty aluminum body. The differences kick in with what the tablet runs, and what runs it.

The Iconia A1-810 is driven by a MediaTek MT8125 quad-core ARM SoC clocked at 1.20 GHz, with 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage that's expandable with micro-SDHC. It runs Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system, with an Acer-customized user interface.

In the imaging department, you get a 5-megapixel primary camera, with a VGA front-facing one. Connectivity includes 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, AGPS, USB 2.0, and HDMI display output. Powering it all, is a 3,250 mAh battery. Measuring 208.7 x 145.7 x 10.5 mm, the Iconia A1-810 weighs about 460 g.

French online retailer Rue du Commerce has it listed for pre-order, at 199€. It should be in-stock by June 3rd.