Acer launching new entry-level A1-830 Android tablet this quarter

Acer is coming out in front of its competitors today by announcing a new low-end Android tablet, the A1-830, that will be made available this quarter in Canada for $199.

The 7.9-inch slate sports a 1024×768 IPS display with a 4:3 ratio — exactly the same dimensions and resolution as the original iPad mini — in addition to a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB storage and microSD slot, a 2MP rear camera and 1.6MP front camera, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and stereo speakers. Strangely, the A1-830 arrives with Android 4.2.1, a now year-old version of the OS. Promised battery life is an underwhelming 7.5 hours.

The A1-830 may sell as low as $149 when it arrives in Canada this quarter (the press release contradicts itself), but look for it in stores under $200. The A1-830 replaces the aging A1-810, which sported a similar aesthetic but a much slower Cortex A7-based MediaTek SoC.