Just because most of Acer‘s recent product reveals might be centered around Windows laptops, but that doesn’t make its other announced items less interesting, like this newest iteration of the company’s Android Iconia Tab 10. It has actually been a while since Acer put out a brand new Iconia Tab, so it rightfully splurged on this one. Unambiguously designed for media consumption, the new Iconia Tab 10 boasts of four front-facing speakers, MediaTek’s MiraVision technology, and DTS-HD Premium Sound, without burning a whole through your wallet.
The four speaker thing might sound familiar to those in the Apple market but, fortunately or unfortunately, this isn’t anything like the iPad Pro speakers. For one, all four speakers face the user, two on each side. They also don’t automatically adjust depending on how you’re holding the device. It’s only advantage is that, well, there are more speakers blasting sound to your face in 160-degree surround sound. Oh, and they are also tuned with DTS-HD Premium Sound technology, which some audiophiles might be familiar with.
But multimedia doesn’t refer to just sound alone, of course. For the video part, the new Iconia Tab 10 borrows MediaTek’s MiraVision technology. This is the chipmaker’s attempt to leave a mark in the graphics video market. To cut the story short, MiraVision promises, like any other, to deliver better colors and contrast, improving the sharpness of the 10-inch Full HD display. Combining these audio and visual properties is Acer’s MediaMaster button, which automatically selects the best setting depending on what you’re doing, whether you’re watching a video, listening to music, or playing a game.
That may all sound fine and dandy, but the Acer Iconia Tab 10 is definitely a mid-range tablet at best. It is powered by a MediaTek MT8163, a 64-bit quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz. That is paired with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, expandable up to 128 GB. The rear camera only has 5 megapixels while the front one has even a lower 2 megapixel sensor. The tablet runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
The good news is that it has a matching mid-range price as well. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A40 goes on sale in the UK in June for 180 GBP, roughly $260. No word yet on other markets.