For reasons that I have been unable to fathom, most new tablets in the market seem to come in the 7 or 8-inch size. When large mobile phones touch 6.5-inches, I would have thought tablets needed to be significantly larger to differentiate themselves from phones. At least one maker thinks like me! Alcatel has been offering tablets sized 10 inches for some time — almost as big as a notebook PC.
The latest variant of its A3 10 tablet has beefed up its specifications in multiple ways. The memory is now 3GB and the onboard storage is 32GB, expandable with another 128GB micro SD card. Tablets with two cameras are a rarity — and Alcatel has improved its twin clickers to an 8MP rear and a 5MP selfie camera. The device runs Android 7.0. The dual speakers are good news, because under-powered sound usually means you need to carry an external speaker or a headset to watch movies.
Speaking of movies, I am a bit disappointed that the display (1280 x800 pixels) is not full HD. The 10-inch screen makes this very convenient to watch video — and these days a lot of free HD or 4K content is there for the asking at YouTube.
What clinches a purchase decision for me is the fact that the A3 10 (32GB) takes a 4G VoLTE micro SIM. Rare to find tablet makers bothering to include VoLTE — but this will enable users to get very good data deals and remain always connected to the Internet. In fact Reliance Jio, which is exclusively VoLTE, is offering a bundled deal with this device that retails at Rs 11,999 at Flipkart.