Acer may have concentrated most of its recent Android tablet efforts on the low-cost, low-end 7 to 8-inch compact niche, but by the looks of it, at least one larger model is due for an announcement at next month’s IFA expo in Berlin.
Larger doesn’t always mean better, and the Iconia A3-A20, as per information divulged by online retailers and Acer’s own official website, is a lackluster, forgettable big guy. But at €200 or so, what do you expect? Retina-grade screen resolution? Snapdragon 805 processing power?
Nah, I’m afraid 1,280 x 800 pixels and quad-core MediaTek punch is all Acer can afford to offer. Don’t turn your back on the second-generation A3 though, as the MT8127 chip is a fairly new concoction advertised by its maker as a “super-mid-range” tablet solution.
Too bad the 1 GB RAM isn’t exactly “super-mid-range” material, and the 5 MP/2 MP dual cameras are mid-range at best. The 3,540 mAh battery is likely an unfortunate typo, as there’s no way a 10 incher could last north of two hours or so on such a scary tiny juicer. For crying out loud, last year’s A3-A10 packed a 7,300 mAh ticker.
What’s interesting is Acer plans to sell the 2014 Iconia Tab A3 in both 16 and 32 GB versions, even though you can always expand the cramped on-board storage via microSD cards. Also a nice, high-end-like touch: pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat. The Wi-Fi-only connectivity option is at the other end of the spectrum, and so is the wholly unremarkable, plasticky design.
Let’s hope Acer brings something better to Berlin in early September as well, or else their IFA event is shaping up to be a big, massive snoozefest.
Via [Notebook Italia]