As a category, tablets are stuck in a conundrum. The sales of tablets have been declining for the last three years, according to an IDC report released earlier this year. The screens of smartphones are getting bigger and six-inch devices are getting popular leading to decline in tablet sales. At the other end, the tablets haven’t really converted laptop users into tablet users. The “phablet” negates the need of carrying two separate devices. However, this hasn’t stopped brands from pushing out new products in the category. Alcatel recently launched a budget tabled Alcatel A3 10 Tab – for Rs 9,999. We spent some time with the device to see what it has to offer. Here’s our review of the Alcatel A3 10 Tab:
Design and display
If looks could kill, you’re safe around the Alcatel A3 10 Tab as there’s nothing striking about its appearance. The tablet offers a unibody plastic design with a textured plastic back with Alcatel branding in the center and the 5MP rear camera at the top right corner (if you’re holding the tablet in the landscape mode). The back of the tablet also houses the SIM card and microSD card tray.
The front is dominated by the 10.1-inch display and also has a 2MP selfie camera on the left side and two speaker grilles on either side. The volume rocker buttons are placed at the top. The headset jack and the micro-USB charging port are placed on the left.
The Alcatel A3 10 Tab offers a 10.1-inch multi-touch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 149ppi. The display offers good viewing angles, however, the colour temperature is on the warmer side. There’s nothing much to crow about the display as text and images are decent and certainly not as sharp what full HD display could offer.The screen is reflective and slightly prone to smudging but somehow the tablet delivers respectable legibility at full brightness under sunlight.
Performance and camera
The Alcatel A3 10 Tab is powered by 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735B processor coupled with 2GB RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage, almost 12GB is available to users. For additional storage, users can install microSD cards of up to 128GB capacity.
The Alcatel A3 10 Tab runs Android 7.0 Nougat. The interface is clean and user-friendly. There is an app drawer which gives the home screen a neat and clean look. There are a few third party apps lie Flipkart, File Transfer and WPS office which come pre-loaded and can be uninstalled.
We ran Antutu and GeekBench 4 tests on the device. While the tablet scored 24422 in Antutu Benchmarks, the single-core and multi-core scores on GeekBench 4 were 466 and 1249 respectively.
While navigating through the tablet’s menu and launching apps, we noticed a visible lag. Just like the display, the audio quality from the speakers is distinctly average. While playing games and watching videos, the tablet offers marginally better performance. If you intend to make calls through the tablet, you will be satisfied with the network reception. Alcatel A3 10 Tab offers usual connectivity options like LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
The tablet is backed by a 4,600mAh battery and will last you more than a complete day.
The Alcatel A3 10 Tab offers a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera. The images live up to the low quality camera on offer and while there are options like Panorama and Manual modes, the images leave a lot to be desired. There’s inadequate colour reproduction and are markedly of poor quality.