With IFA 2013 just around the corner, we can expect a lot of new smartphones and tablets to spring up. But some devices just can’t wait for Europe’s biggest tech show, with Acer recently announcing its new Iconia A3. It’s a 10.1-inch slate that’s mainly designed for entertainment, gaming, and web browsing.

As a media consumption device, the Acer Iconia A3 comes equipped with Dolby Digital Plus, which emulates a 5.1-channel surround experience over headphones, minimalized background noise, and voice clarification. Processing power seems adequate enough that things should run smoothly while playing videos and games. A micro-HDMI port is also available to connect the tablet to the TV.

Acer Iconia A3 Specs

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 10.1-inch IPS display (1280×800), ~151ppi
  • 1.2GHz Cortex A7 quad-core processor
  • 16 or 32GB internal storage
  • microSD support
  • 5-megapixel main camera
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, micro-HDMI
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Weight: 600 grams

One of Acer‘s software enhancements over the tablet’s installed Android OS is called IntelliSpin, which makes the tablet aware of the user’s viewing position or orientation—even if the tablet is laid flat on a surface.

It’s still not clear how much RAM the Acer Iconia A3 has. Also unknown is whether or not the tablet comes with a front-facing camera and how much resolution it will have. Built-in GPS, battery capacity, and GPU are not specified either. We’ll need to wait for IFA 2013 to know about these remaining specs.

Another good thing about the Acer Iconia A3 is the price. The Wi-Fi version is set to launch in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa around October for just €249 (around Php14,588 in today’s exchange rates), while the 3G version will launch at a later date for €50 more. Exact pricing and availability for the Philippines has yet to be announced.

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