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Acer Iconia A3
Those in the market for something a little less expensive than the Toughpad might appreciate Acer's Iconia A3, a 10-inch companion to the 7.9-inch Iconia A1 budget Android tablet. As a cheaper alternative to Google's Nexus 10, the A3 pales in terms of resolution (a pedestrian 1,280x800) and, according to CNET's hands-on eval, build quality. But it also appears to be about $100 cheaper, though it may not reach these shores. Africa, Europe, and the Middle East will get a chance to purchase the Iconia A3 in October.
Asus Memo Pad 8 and 10
More budget Android options come from Asus, which displayed two new Memo Pads tablets. Going up from the Memo Pad 7, the Memo Pad 8 provides more screen real estate, though it's saddled with 1,280x800 resolution. You also only get 8GB of built-in storage, but the microSD card slot gives you a way to add capacity. The Memo Pad 10 offers a choice of 8GB or 16GB models, though the 8-inch flavor gets a 5-megapixel rear camera compared to its larger sibling's 2-megapixel cam. Either version comes in a choice of white, gray, or pink color choices. and Asus is selling an optional TriCover case, which, like the Transformer Pad TF701T's optional case, allows you to stand the Memo Pad up for hands-free viewing. No pricing yet, but given that the Memo Pad 7 was introduced at $149, don't expect iPad-like -- or even Nexus-like -- price tags.
Like LG, Toshiba hasn't yet made a serious dent in the tablet market, but it's going to try its luck again with the Encore. This time out, the company is choosing Windows 8.1 -- instead of Android like for its Excite line of tablets -- and the Encore will use Intel's forthcoming Bay Trail-T Atom processor. The Encore is also noteworthy for its 8-inch size, which is smaller than typical Windows 8 slates but is part of the "mini" tablet trend. Resolution, unfortunately, is limited to 1,280x800, though the Encore does come with a decent 32GB of built-in storage. Priced similary to the iPad Mini at $329.99, the Encore will have the advantage of coming with a full version of Microsoft Office when it's released in November.