htc a101

HTC just released the best Android tablet of 2017…in 2022

HTC has been working on something weird lately. Last month it announced the Desire 22 – a mid-range smartphone with ties to the metaverse and NFTs. Now, HTC is bringing out the A101 tablet, a device proudly running Android 11 in 2022. While that alone would be weird enough, the rest of the A101’s specs are straight out of 2017 (and HTC doesn’t seem to know it’s behind the curve). ).

The marketing of the A101 is strange. According to HTC, the tablet is “backed by a whopping 8GB of RAM,” which simply isn’t an “enormous” amount of RAM. In 2022, this is the industry standard. And as flagships from Apple, Samsung, and Google start moving toward 16GB, 8GB is starting to fall behind. Similarly, HTC boasts that the A101 has “ample internal storage” despite its 128GB cap (and expandability up to 256GB). While these storage options aren’t bad, they’re way below industry standards where other competing tablets offer up to 2TB of storage. HTC also boasts a 12nm Unisoc SCT618 processor, although newer chips now use a faster and more efficient 4nm design.

HTC A101 floating on a black background next to text reading: "Backed by a massive 8GB RAM and UNISOC T618 octa-core chipset, the A101 delivers plenty of power for a smooth user experience, even when switching between the most demanding operations."

The A101’s cameras don’t write much about home either, though HTC’s marketing suggests otherwise. He calls the tablet’s 16MP main camera and 2MP ultra-wide camera “groundbreaking”. Those two lenses certainly aren’t bad, but based on the cameras on nearly every other competing tablet, the A101’s offerings are far from as “groundbreaking” as HTC would like you to think.

A quick look at the tablet’s specs should tell you that the HTC A101 is simply a mid-range tablet with poor marketing, but the fact that it’s running on Android 11 raises a major question: who would buy this? With Android 12L, Google has taken a lot of steps to improve the user experience on tablets, and the upcoming Android 13 update aims to put them front and center in terms of upgrades and usability. Since the A101 will run on Android 11, it won’t be introducing all the new exciting things about owning an Android tablet.

It seems like the only way the HTC A101 will be able to compete is if it’s competitively priced. But even this is not the case. The tablet’s price of 20,990 rubles in Russia converts to about $350 in the US — making it more expensive than the base iPad. Add it all together, and it becomes nearly impossible to make an argument in favor of the A101.

If you showed us the HTC A101 five years ago, it would probably be one of the best devices on the market. But in 2022? It’s basically a dinosaur.

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