The Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) is a new Android tablet with a cheap price and lower-end specifications. While it does not have premium features like a fingerprint reader, it is very cheap with a price tag of around 170 US dollars. Here is everything you need to know about this new tablet.
The Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) has a higher-end brother called B3-A40FHD, which was announced during Computex in June 2017. While Acer did not announce the B3-A40 in any press release yet, it popped up on Acers website and in several shops in Germany. That’s why we know everything about this tablet already.
Acer Iconia One 10 Highlights
- It’s running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
- Acer is shipping the tablet with software features like gesture control.
- The battery is said to last up to 10 hours.
- It is very cheap with an expected price of around 170 US dollars.
Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) Design
I didn’t try out the B3-A40 yet but the design seems to be identical to the B3-A40 which I did check out at Computex. That being said, we’re not getting the best build quality here. It is certainly alright for the price but the body is completely made out of plastic.
The new Iconia One 10 has two speakers on the side of the 10.1-inch display with a low-resolution 2-megapixel front camera on the top and the Acer logo on the bottom. We’re getting a micro USB port, a microSD card slot and a 5-megapixel camera on the back.
Display and Hardware
As far as I can see the Acer Iconia One 10 B3-A40 is a decent tablet. One of its major downsides is the display though. While the 10.1-inch display is an IPS panel it only has an HD-resolution at just 1280 x 800. So we’re getting a very low pixel density though. If you’re used to a smartphone with a FullHD display than you’ll see a huge difference.
The internal hardware seems fine though. Inside runs a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. It’s the MediaTek MT8167 which does not offer the best performance but is good enough for most apps. We’re also getting 2GB of RAM and 16GB to 32GB internal storage.
According to Acer, the battery should last up to 10 hours. It comes with a capacity of 6100mAh and the 10 hours could be true under certain conditions. These Android tablets have the best battery life right now.
Other hardware features include Wifi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. It seems like no LTE 4G version is planned right now. See below for the full spec sheet.
It seems like Acer is not offering an active stylus for this device. The FHD will have an optional keyboard dock but I’m not sure if the standard B3-A40 will get one too.
|Tablet||Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40)|
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Display||10.1-inch IPS with 1280 x 800|
|Processor||1.3GHz MediaTek MT8167 quad-core|
|Storage||16GB or 32GB|
|Expandable||microSD up to 128GB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Security||No fingerprint sensor|
|Dimensions||258.4mm x 167.15mm x unknown|
Android 7.0 Nougat on the B3-A40
The Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) is one of the first cheap tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. That is awesome. According to the pictures, it has the same customized interface like the B3-A40FHD.
As far as I could see at Computex the custom UI seems fine. It is one that differs from vanilla Android in a major way though. There is no app drawer which means all apps are installed directly to the home screen. Obviously, you can sort them in folders.
Instead of the icon for the app drawer, Acer is giving us an Iconia button. By pressing it you get access to a couple of features like screenshots and gesture control. I didn’t try them in detail yet but my guess is you could live without them.
Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) price and country
In Germany, the Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) is already on sale starting at 179 euros for the 32GB version. While it did not appear on Amazon US yet I’m pretty sure we’ll see a price tag of 169 or 179 US dollars. Like most of Acers tablets, it should be available soon in the United States, Europe and all over Asia like India, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and so on.
You can get more information about Acer on Wikipedia.
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