Today in a press event at New York, Acer announced its first 7.9-inch Android tablet dubbed as Acer Iconia A1. Acer claims the Iconia A1 as a full featured one-handed tablet for everyone which will be released as Acer Iconia A1-810 and Acer Iconia A1-811. The 8GB and the 16GB models of Iconia A1-810 will go on sale in the US later this month for $169 and $199.99 respectively, while there is no word yet about the pricing & availability of Iconia A1-811.

Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America, quoted:

Tablets are becoming cherished companions to many people as they stay connected and entertained throughout their day. We want everyone to experience that. Everything that makes tablets, so enjoyable is even better on the perfectly-sized Acer Iconia A1. The design is comfortable to hold, while the sleek build makes it a natural extension for anyone who wants to keep their digital life right at their fingertips.

It seems that this highly responsive Acer Iconia A1 is the company’s competitor to the Apple iPad Mini. The Iconia A1 is similar in size to its rival featuring a 7.9-inch LED IPS screen that offers a 170-degree viewing angle and 1024 x 768p resolution. It is powered by 1.2GHz Mediatek quad-core processor and runs the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Iconia A1 comes with a 5-megapixel main camera which is capable of capturing Full 1080p HD video at a rate of 30fps. It has 1GB on-board RAM and will be shipped with internal storage of 8GB or 16GB. This storage space can be expanded up to 32GB via the MicroSD card.

Unlike iPad Mini, the Iconia A1 has a USB 2.0 and microHDMI port for a swift transfer of digital content and also offers extended connectivity options. The tab has support for GPS, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

In comparison to the iPad Mini, the Iconia A1 is heavier and thicker. It is 11.1mm thick & weighs 410g while the iPad Mini weighs 380g and is just 7.2mm in thickness.

Additionally, the Acer Touch WakeApp gesture gives uniqueness to the tab and allows the users one-touch access to their favorite app directly upon waking the tab from sleep.

The Acer Iconia A1-810 is the Wi-Fi only variant while the Acer Iconia A1-811 is the 3G and Wi-Fi version. The former will be made available from the end of May while there is no updates yet about the availability as well as pricing of the latter. It is expected that the company will share more details soon in the near future.