Ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin, Acer yanked the veil off of its new 10-inch tablet, the Iconia A3. This tablet is interesting for a couple of reasons, but the standout one is the fact that it features only a 1280×800 resolution – a bit odd for a larger tablet these days. Does that mean that Acer is instead choosing to focus on other features? It does seem so.
For starters, the A3 includes good speakers, powered by Dolby Digital Plus – and an actual “plus” for those who happen to watch content without headphones. Inside, it sports a 1.2GHz Cortex A7 quad-core, so all-in-all, its performance should be quite suitable. Other perks include a microSD slot, a 5 megapixel camera and a mini-HDMI port for external display purposes.
Bundled with the tablet will be Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean”, and Acer’s own software, including Intellispin, which is able to detect the proper orientation of the tablet even when it’s lying flat (Dear every other tablet vendor: please implement this).
The Iconia A3 can be had for about ~$330 when it’s launched later this year, while a 3G-equipped one bumps the price up to ~$400. Unfortunately, only Europe, the Middle East and Africa are in the launch plans at this time, but we can hope that it’ll queue up for a North American launch after those ones are through.