The folks of Pocketnow had the chance to play with the Acer Iconia Tab A700 quad core tablet, unveiled back at CES in January. At the time it was one of the few if not the first Full HD display tablet, a marvelous achievement months ago. Now with the iPad 3’s crazy resolution, does this model impress anymore?
We’re dealing with a 10.1 inch slate with a 1920 x 1200 pixel display with IPS panel and 800:1 contrast ratio. Viewing angles of 89 degrees are claimed for this product. Inside there’s a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S chip at 1.3 GHz, plus 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage and a microSD card slot. There’s a modest 5MP shooter at the back and a 1.3 MP usual webcam upfront. As I said, the slate is pretty bulky, at 10.95mm thick and weighing 1 lb, 7.45 oz. From what I can see here, this slate looks very much like the Acer Iconia Tab A510, being almost identical I can say.
There’s also the usual Acer Ring UI on top of Android 4.0.4, although one may fancy Jelly Bean on it. The device scores modestly in benchmarks, with less than 4k in Quadrant and AnTuTu at 11,000, so around the performance of the Transformer Prime. The battery life promised is a little under two weeks in standby mode and a couple of hours are said to knock off 40% of the total level, according to Pocketnow. Finally, on the pros and cons side they put the big display as pro, Dolby Mobile tech too, while the cons include not so smooth frame rates and build quality issues with overheating and backlighting.