Ahead of Computex, a computer and consumer technology trade expo held annually in Taiwan, Acer announced two new Android-powered tablets, one of which features quantum dot display.
Overall, Acer’s tablets are nothing to write home about. They get the job done, but they’ve never focused on being premium products meant to compete with the iPad or Surface Pro line. For good or ill, that didn’t change with the latest tablets.
Iconia Tab 10
The interesting thing about this tablet is that it features quantum dot display. It will likely result in sharper colors, but we don’t expect it to be a game changer.
We don’t know the full details regarding the specs, but, from what has been revealed, they aren’t anything too powerful. The Iconia Tab 10 will make use of an unspecified quad-core MediaTek CPU. On the bright side, it does ship with Android Nougat and HD sound so it has that going for it. The advertised eight-hour battery life is also a nice feature to have.
All in all, this probably won’t be a great tablet for gaming or other intensive use, but it should work well for watching videos or browsing the web.
One slightly frustrating thing about this tablet is that it uses the same name as a previous Acer tablet, which may make things somewhat confusing though it’s not a big deal.
Iconia One 10
The Iconia One 10 is being pushed as a productivity tablet, but it’s lacking a few things in order to truly fulfill that role. It features two microUSB ports, but for some reason, only one of them is USB-OTG compatible, which makes the tablet a bit limited in terms of accessories and connectivity.
This Acer tablet will feature the same CPU as the Iconia Tab 10, plus Android Nougat. Having the latest version of Android is nice and all, but unless Acer reveals something truly impressive in terms of specs, we don’t see this taking off. There’s simply too much competition in the world of productivity tablets.
Overall, these tablets don’t look like they’ll set the world on fire, but that’s never been Acer’s goal with its hardware. Rather, the company seeks to create affordable and reliable tablets. Based on what we know, the Iconia Tab 10 and the Iconia One 10 will fit that niche. Of course, it’s too soon to make any concrete judgments since we don’t know the full range of specs.
The availability, prices, and exact specifications of the two tablets will vary by region, Acer says. So far no release date has been announced, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we learn more.