Acer jumps IFA 2013 queue to unveil movie-loving 10.1in Iconia A3 tablet

Acer jumps IFA 2013 queue to unveil movie-loving 10.1in Iconia A3 tabletAcer is very much a “second division” name on the long list of Android mobile manufacturers, which probably explains why it's launching its IFA 2013 wares so early before the usual suspects grab the limelight all to themselves.

To go with the 4K-recording Liquid S2 smartphone is this, the Iconia A3 tablet, which targets movie lovers thanks to a 10.1in display and a bunch of multimedia-enhancing software extras.

Sitting above the 7.9in Iconia A1 and 7in Iconia B1 (which both receive new colour options incidentally), the Iconia A3 dishes up a 10.1in WXGA IPS 16:10 display – that's 1280 x 800 pixels – while an energy-sipping 1.2GHz quad-core A7 processor will help you get a claimed 9 hours of movie playback before needing to charge up.

Plug in a pair of headphones and you'll get virtualised 5.1 surround sound via Dolby Digital Plus, while the on-board speakers are supposedly designed to create a virtual sound box for stereo sound effects.

Camera-wise you're looking at a 5MP cam around the back offering 360-degree panoramas, wide-angle shots and the ability to capture full-resolution shots while recording video. In terms of storage, you'll have either 16GB or 32GB to choose from, plus whatever you want to add via micro-SD.

A micro-HDMI port is on hand for connecting the Iconia A3 to an external display, and you get wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 4.0 or Wi-Fi.

The Acer Iconia A3 launches with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board, plus Acer-specific features such as Acer IntelliSpin (image rotation even when the tablet is flat) and Acer Touch WakeApp (direct access into apps from sleep mode).

The Iconia A3 will go on sale in Europe, the Middle East and Africa early next month for a recommended €249 (£211), while the 3G-enabled model will land for around €299 (£253) a month later.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 16:40

Don't see from those specs how it's better for movies than 100s of similar tabs?
Okay, to be fair, Acer's Dolby implementation is pretty decent - even the budgety Liquid MT offered better sound than most flagship A-list devices.


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