As much as the Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fires have lowered the pricing bar for compact tablets of late, scoring a 10-incher for a sum that’s not to burn a hole in your pocket is still a fairly difficult task to complete.
But Acer’s Iconia A3 aims to change all that, being set to go on sale in early October in Europe, Middle East and Africa for just €249. That’s 330 US bucks, which is a fairly nice deal for a tab with Wi-Fi connectivity, a 10-inch IPS 1,280 x 800 pix res panel, quad-core power and pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Of course, if you want to add 3G to all that, you’ll have to cough up some extra dough, namely €50 more. Plus, don’t expect this thing to break any speed records, as that quad-core CPU inside it is clocked at a measly 1.2 GHz and based on ARM’s low-cost, low-energy Cortex A7 architecture.
On the plus side, that means you’ll enjoy very sturdy battery life (at least 9 hours on a single charge). Also, you get 16 or 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, a 5 MP rear camera capable of shooting Full HD video and an outstanding sound system, with Dolby Digital enhancements and stereo speakers. Not too shabby!