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Acer takes the wraps off the Iconia A3, a budget-friendly 10-inch tablet

IFA 2013 is still a few days away, but that’s not stopping Acer from jumping the gun a bit with the announcement of several new devices, including the Acer Iconia A3.
September 2, 2013

IFA 2013 is still a few days away, but that’s not stopping Acer from jumping the gun a bit with several new product announcements.

In the smartphone arena, Acer has unveiled the 6-inch Acer Liquid S2, which appears to be the world’s first 4K Ultra HD recording smartphone. On the Android PC front, we have the Acer DA241HL All-in-One PC. Finally, when it comes to tablet announcements, we now have the new Acer Iconia A3.

The A3 isn’t going to blow anyone away, but the real magic is said to be in its budget friendly price.

The Acer Iconia A3 features a 1280 x 800 resolution display and is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz A7 processor – likely a MediaTek chip of some kind.

Some of the tablet’s other specs include Dolby Digital Plus speakers, a 5MP camera, microHDMI, microSD and Android 4.2.

The A3 isn’t going to blow anyone away, but the real magic is said to be in its budget friendly price. At €250 ($330) for the Wi-Fi model and €300 ($395) for a 3G variant, the Acer Iconia A3 comes in at about the same price as devices like the iPad Mini, yet it is a 10-inch offering. The price might not sound that attractive next to the many lower priced Android-powered 7 and 8-inchers, but it is still very affordable.

When’s it coming? The Wi-Fi model will arrive in October to select markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The 3G model will arrive about a month later. No word on if or when the device might come to North America.

For those looking for something even cheaper, it’s worth mentioning that Acer has also announced several updated colors for the budget 7-inch Acer B1 and 7.9-inch Acer A1. The former now comes in Ocean Blue and Vermilion Red, with the later available in white, Smokey Grey and Ivory Gold.

Acer Launches a Touch More Entertainment with 10.1″ Android Tablet
@ IFA 2013

Update: Iconia A1 and Iconia B1 with a touch more colour

Editors’ Summary:

• Immersive, cinematic sound experience with Dolby Digital and ergonomic speaker placement
• Smooth media performance with quad-core processor
• Vivid, consistent visuals on 10.1″ LED-backlit display with IPS¹ technology

BERLIN, Sept. 2, 2013 – Acer will unveil at IFA 2013 the new Acer Iconia A3, a 10.1-inch tablet was designed to offer a touch more entertainment, multimedia, gaming and web experiences. Movie and music lovers will find in the Iconia A3 their perfectly balanced couch mate with immersive sound, wide viewing angles and quad-core performance to further enhance their entertainment and enjoyment.
The Acer Iconia A3 was introduced alongside other product updates, including the Acer Iconia A1 and B1 with additional colour options. The full-featured single-handed use 7.9-inch tablet is now available in a touch of white, smoky grey and ivory gold. The Iconia B1 7-inch tablet, targeted at first time users or tablet newbies, is now also available in a touch of oceanic blue and vermilion red.

A touch comfier

Designed for rich multimedia entertainment, the Iconia A3 comes with Dolby® Digital Plus™ creating a virtualized 5.1 channel surround experience over headphones, reduced background noise and dialogue volume boost resulting in clear dialogues and consistent volume levels, without sways across content and apps. To top this off, the Iconia A3 boasts an ergonomic placement of the speakers on both sides creating a virtual sound box for stereo sound effects.

The 10.1″ WXGA display (1,280 x 800) with IPS technology offers crisp and accurate colours from wide viewing angles for a better visual experience whether users are lounging on the sofa, lying on the bed or sharing the view with a loved one. The 16:10 aspect ratio of the Inconia A3 is ideally suited to watch video content and playing games in landscape mode. Complete with a built-in micro HDMI port, users can connect the tablet to an external display to share and enjoy movies and videos on a bigger screen. The Acer Iconia A3 keeps consumers connected to Wi-Fi networks or built-in 3G mobile data connection. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth 4.0 lets consumers quickly connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and printers.

A touch smarter

Powered with a quad-core 1.2GHz cortex A7 processor, the Iconia A3 delivers smooth 9 hours of video playback, better mobile gaming, as well as fluid and fast navigation through apps and websites.
Acer IntelliSpin expands the tablet’s screen image rotation feature, so that even when lying flat, the screen image will rotate to match the tablet’s orientation when turned.

Acer’s Touch WakeApp provides users with fast access to their favourite apps straight from sleep mode. A great feature if the tablet is shared by different users, the multi-user support featured by Android 4.2 allows customers to create up to eight separate and customisable user spaces on a single device.

To maximise user fun, the 5MP back camera can take snapshots at full video resolution while recording a video. It can also snap immersive 360° pictures and wide angle shots. Available as 16GB or 32GB version with the option to expand via microSD, the Iconia A3 is the ideal home entertainment companion for people who like sharing and consuming multimedia content.

A touch purer

A smooth profile with rounded edges make it easy to grab the tablet with one hand. The minimalist design is accentuated by the silver profile that sets off the white of the back cover and complements the current design of Acer’s Android tablet family. With a slim profile at just 10.15 mm and a weight of less than 600 grams, the Iconia A3 is easy to carry along and check anything in a flash whenever needed.

Pricing and Availability

The Iconia A3 (WiFi) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa early October with a suggested a starting price of €249.

The Iconia A3 (3G) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa early November with a starting price of €299.