Featured: Acer Unveils Tegra 3 Iconia A700 Tablet with Full HD Display


Acer is trying to catch-up and but also surpass Asus in some ways, with a new 10" tablet, that is the successor of the Iconia A500, but comes with a quad core Tegra 3 chip, and a Full HD resolution of 1920×1200. Tegra 3 can support resolutions of up to 2560×1600, so this one definitely fits in that range, but you should expect at least some graphic performance impact, because we all know  that when raising the resolution the graphic performance drops in games.

However, this might not visibly affect anything if most games don't already take full advantage of Nvidia's new GPU. Seeing how this is a very new chip, it will take a while before that will be obvious. Here's a list of the announced specs:

  • 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 10.1" 1920×1080 display
  • microSD slot
  • HDMI port
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9.8mm thickness
The tablet is still pretty thick compared to modern day tablets. In fact it's a lot like the original A500. I was hoping it would be more like 8mm thick by now to compete with all the other manufacturers. Still Acer might be able to be competitive if they offer this tablet for $400, and $350 would be even better. You still have to keep in mind that it has a quad core chip, and a full HD (probably) IPS display on a 10.1" screen, which is very expensive.
The good news is that it will arrive with Android 4.0 out of the gate, so at it should work very well with the combination of the latest Android version and the quad core Tegra 3.