The tablet market has widely been regarded as reaching saturation point. This considered opinion is that many tablet customers already have one, so there is limited sales growth from this point forwards. Smaller tablets are being threatened by the bigger screened smartphones, despite their price being typically considerably higher. Meanwhile, the larger and especially premium tablets are competing against devices such as the Apple iPad and all manner of hybrid or convertible tablet / laptop designs. In the case of the Android tablet, currently the platform is seen as disadvantaged compared with Windows 10 or even Apple iOS from a productivity perspective: Android is not seen to be as powerful a platform to use for the more serious computing tasks. To this end, we’ve seen some manufacturers decide to abandon the Android tablet platform, such as Dell – however, there remains a number of manufacturers offering inexpensive tablets both large and small, and a supply of customers wanted to upgrade existing tablets or buy new ones.
One such manufacturer is Acer, which were one of the first manufacturers to sell Android tablets based around Android 3.0 Honeycomb along with the Motorola Xoom. The first Acer Iconia A500 released in 2011, was based around a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 system-on-chip backed up by 1 GB of RAM and offering a 10.8-inch, 800 by 1,280 pixel display. Since the original Iconia A500, Acer have released families of tablets family of tablets in a range of sizes and specification. Today we’ve heard when the refreshed, third generation Iconia One 10 tablet, first debuted a little over a month ago at Computex, will be going on sale: next month. This third generation Iconia One 10 B3-A30 will replace the previous generation Iconia One 10 model, designation B3-A20, which was released in October 2015 for a price of around $150.
In terms of features and specification, the Acer Iconia One 10 B3-A30 offers a 1,280 by 800 pixel 10.1-inch display, a quad core, 64-bit MediaTek MT8163 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot compatible with cards of up to 128 GB in capacity, a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a claimed ten hour battery life. The device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, weighs 520g and will be available in black or white. If these specifications sound familiar, they should, because the former Acer Iconia One 10 model has the same screen resolution, chipset, suite of cameras and internal storage. It, however, comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop rather than 6.0 Marshmallow. With little noticeably differences between the two models other than the OS, updating, it remains to be seen whether this year’s model will buck the general Android tablet trend.