Acer is putting out another player to mix it up with the budget tablet market as it gives its Iconia brand tablets another chance. The Iconia A3-A20 mixes entry level specs with a sleek new look to give the 10.1-inch tablet a fresh aesthetic. The question is really, will this strategy work?
The problem really is that mediocre specs make for mediocre performance. The new Iconia will be powered by a MediaTek 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Those will push pixels to a 1280x800 HD screen, thankfully a decent resolution to view your HD movies. Users will have a choice of either 16GB or 32GB internal storage.
There is a 5MP rear camera, coupled with your usual connectivity features – USB, Bluetooth, WiFi, and an HDMI out for viewing on a bigger screen. One of the few new features is a 2MP front-facing camera for semi-blurry selfies. Acer has also deemed the new tablet worthy to run Android 4.4 KitKat.
Aesthetically, there is a lot to like about the Iconia A3-A20 – the sleek looks make up for the hiccups and performance bottlenecks that will be sure to happen if you push the entry-level specs of this device to the limit. But at the USD$270 price tag, you probably will understand that you get what you pay for, if not a little less so.