Jan 10 AT 6:25 PM Edgar Cervantes 10 Comments

Hands on with the Acer Iconia Tab A510 and ZTE 7-inch tablets


Tegra 3 devices are about to fill up the market. NVIDIA’s press conference last night was quite impressive, but the surprises did not stop there. After showing up at the NVIDIA booth here at CES2012, the team had a small surprise for us; they had a couple of unannounced Tegra 3, Android 4.0 tablets on display.

These tablets are the Acer Iconia Tab A510 and the ZTE 7. Both have Tegra 3 quad-core processors and come packed with Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. We do not know much about the devices, since the team was not allowed to talk to much about them. But these little tablets don’t look bad at all.

Acer Iconia Tab A510

The Iconia A510 is a 10-inch tablet that feels much like the original A500. It is about the same thickness and weight, but offers a notable performance boost as expected from the Tegra 3 chipset. The device runs rather smoothly, and while I had an issue with the touchscreen while gaming (happened with both tablets), games generally loaded quite fast and control response was what you can expect out of a Tegra 3 tablet. The device also has Ice Cream Sandwich and a front-facing and rear-facing camera.

This tablet actually has a bit of added functionality to it, which you may like or may hate. It’s a modification to the stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience. As you can see in the images, there’s a dot in the middle of the notification bar. After you tap on that, an enhanced virtual command center (of sorts) pops out. This allows you to control the volume, as well as access app shortcuts and your favorite bookmarks. Take a look at the features in the video to see what the experience is like.

It is definitely something different, and as we mentioned it is something many of you won’t like (non-stock). But it really doesn’t make a huge difference, unless you find it too annoying to see the dot there all the time. The middle of the notification bar has always been unused space, though, so it can be convenient to use it for some added functionality.


This little guy is a 7-inch tablet, but don’t let its small size fool you. It’s as smooth as the Acer Iconia Tab A510 and in some ways matches the performance of the Transformer Prime. It would be a great device for those who like the 7-inch form-factor. With ASUS announcing its new $250-dollar Tegra 3 tablet, this tablet has to at least match that little beast.

The ZTE 7 tab has 16GB of internal storage, a Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.0, as well as a front-facing and rear-facing camera. It has a minimalistic look, at least in the front. The is very good looking, though, with a chromed outline and a black rubberized back.


We do not know anything about the prices and release dates yet, but we expect these tablets will be announced soon. Get ready, guys! The market is about to be flodded with quad-core tablets. Acer’s A500 was one of the cheapest Honeycomb devices around last year, and we think Acer will market the A510 similarly. ZTE is not a very popular manufacturer, which generally translates to lower prices, so both tablets should be affordable once they hit the market.

Stay tuned for the announcement or check out the gallery below for a closer look. Would you guys get one of these if they hit the right price? What would be a fair price for these?

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Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • spazby

    c’mon already, give us some more details manufacturers.

  • Donald Williams

    Got me interested in my next tab. Maybe as long a the wife says its okay. :)

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com pryvateid

    Hmm… that ZTE looks nice. Glad I listened to my grandma & decided to wait for a tablet. She said “just wait till the 1st o the year & tablets will be on sale or cheaper”, she was right. Didn’t even know CES was around that time either. Crazy to think my granny is a bit more tech inclined than me on a subject, lol

  • Anne A

    All these 7″ tablets are fantastic! I can’t wait until all the details come out, so I can finally pick up my first tablet ^_^

  • LukeT32

    Tablet overload!!!!!!!

  • One4Closer

    I think the reason why the games on these tablets are so unresponsive is because there are to many applications running in the background. Lets not forget that there are tons of people at CES trying these devices out, thus, there are many applications running in the background. I suggest you touch the multitask soft key and close all applications before trying out these tablets :)

  • Futureboy

    Regarding the “notification dot,” I don’t mind a bit of enhanced functionality as long as it remains mostly stock (without a full overlay) and can be easily updated.

  • lokidokie

    Same size and weight as the original? No thanks

  • donger

    ICS on it.

  • PeterP

    WTF. Who is this muppet. Constantly out of Focus, seems to be completely clueless about technology. I like how the ZTE helper offers to hold tablet and he says no, only to then say – shit, it’s hard to hold the tablet and the camera at the same time. FFS, I kind of like this blog, but even to watch for comedy effect, it gets tiresome.
    Looks like a nice basic T3 device with 1280×800 (your video so informative I found out on another blog!), lets hope a carrier picks it up (like Orange in the UK) and rebadges it and locks to their network so I can buy it for half price and unlock :) Price must surely be much less than the Asus. Probably <200$ for sure.