Acer Announce Iconia A3; Budget Minded 10.1-inch Android Tablet

 

IFA might not have kicked off officially but, that hasn't stopped Acer and their PR team announcing new products. Kicking things off is another entry into their Iconia line of tablets, this time it's simply dubbed the "A3". Judging by the specs and the pricing here, Acer is aiming this at the budget end of the market. At €249, it's an affordable ten-incher and the specs unfortunately reflect such a thing.

The Iconia A3 is a 10.1-inch tablet with a display resolution of 1280 x 800, packing a quad-core Cortex A7 CPU at 1.2 Ghz and 1GB of RAM, with the usual inclusion of two cameras, one at the rear and one at the front. There's storage choices of 16 or 32GB, which is expandable through microSD cards. Bluetooth 4.0 and a micro-HDMI port is on board, and there's also a 3G version of the tablet as well. The Iconia A3 is running Android 4.2, with a few tricks laid on top. Tricks like the Touch WakeApp, which apparently offers quick access to your favorite apps. As usual, Acer is touting the audio prowess of this tablet, featuring Dolby Digital Plus the A3 can simulate 5.1 surround sound when using headphones. Acer have been shipping this technology on their tablets for years now, and it can be a worthwhile addition, especially if you're watching a lot of movies.

At 10.15mm thick and 600g in weight. the Iconia A3 is nothing to go crazy over but, at this price point we can't expect all that much from this guy. Acer's Iconia A3 will be available in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in October, starting at €249. Meanwhile, the 3G version of the tablet is heading to the same territories in November, starting at €299.

Acer's kicked things off this week with a tablet announcement and there's more to come from Acer, so stay tuned to hear all the latest on Acer at IFA 2013.

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