Acer leaks its upcoming Iconia Tab A700/A701 with Tegra 3 quad-core and Full HD touchscreen
With everyone and their dog launching Android-powered tablets these days, it’s no surprise that we have yet another leak about such an upcoming product (or duo of products). What is a little bit less ordinary is when a manufacturer leaks the existence of such a device itself. That usually happens either by mistake or through negligence, and it’s still a rare thing to see.
Well, get ready for such a rarity. Acer has posted a profile of the Iconia Tab A701 on its servers. This was promptly found by HDBlog.it and made public. The profile lets us know that the tablet will come with Nvidia’s new quad-core Tegra 3 processor. But the nice tidbit here is that the A701 will also have a touchscreen with a resolution of 1920×1200. That’s keeping with the Honeycomb aspect ratio of 16:10 and taking the resolution up a notch to 1080p Full HD, and we can only assume what insane pixel density that means.
Assume because unfortunately the leaked profile says nothing about the screen’s size, so there’s still a (slim) possibility that Acer is trying something out of the ordinary and launching, say, a 12-inch tablet (and considering the A500/A501 pair is 10-inch, that might make some sense if you look at the model numbers alone). What’s pretty clear is that the A701 will be the 3G-enabled version, while an A700 will be out for those of you satisfied by just having Wi-Fi. That’s consistent with Acer’s A500/A501 track record, of course.
So apparently 2012 is set to be the year of the Full HD tablets (alongside quad-core processors, which we’ve known about for many months now). That’s a nice surprise if it turns out to be real. And something of a natural progression, now that 720p HD touchscreens have reached cellphone sizes.