THE NEXT 10.1in quad-core tablet from Acer looks to be a considerable step up from the firm's previous tablets.
Not only does the tablet boast some impressive specifications, but the design looks much better than the existing Acer A500 Iconia Tab and the build quality feels sturdy too.
The Acer tablet will follow in the footsteps of the Asus Transformer Prime, and will ship with the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
We were impressed with the speed of Acer tablet during our hands on. When pinching-to-zoom there was no redrawing and the device handled HD video playback comfortably.
The tablet comes with a 10.1in display with 1920x1200 resolution and on the brightest setting it was reasonably bright in low lighting. Acer claims that the screen boasts quality that is better than IPS displays on the market and the viewing angle on the tablet was impressive, as we were able to view text and video when the device was flat on the table and we were looking at it side on.
Acer will pre-load Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the device and has added some of its own customisations. Top of the list includes the Acer Ring, which allows users to access applications quickly from the lock screen by pressing and holding on the screen and choosing the app they want to open.
With a weight of around 650g, the device is comfortable to hold. However, we think that Acer could have done more to cut the weight of the device, especially as Apple and Samsung are expected to release ultra-portable next generation Ipad 3 and Galaxy Tab tablets, respectively.
An area where Acer usually impresses is connectivity. The latest tablet continues this trend and will include HDMI, microUSB and microSD ports, catering for almost anyone's connectivity needs. The Iconia tablet will also be compatible with the firm's newly announced Acercloud service, although we did not get to see this in action.
Acer has made what looks to be a competent Android tablet and all it is missing now are a name, release date and price. If the latter can be competitive and the device has a good battery life, this tablet could gives the market leaders a run for their money. µ