The HTC A101 is a new mid-range tablet from the Taiwanese company, but it is practically the same as the model launched in 2021, save for a single change. Like several other manufacturers, HTC also jumped on the tablet train following an increase in sales due to COVID-19. In 2021, it launched the HTC A100, its first tablet in years.
HTC’s new tablet will be going up against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A8 as well as the Nokia T20 from HMD Global. It will also be challenging China’s Realme, whose Realme Pad and Realme Pad Mini are also budget offerings in the Android tablet market.
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HTC’s A101 tablet has a 10.1-inch screen covered by 2.5D glass. The bezels around the display are uniform but not the slimmest. Despite being a mid-range device, HTC has opted for metal for the frame and the back instead of plastic. It has also kept the device pretty slim at 8.4 mm. Furthermore, there is a dual-camera array on the back, and like many other tablets, including flagships such as the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, it is accompanied by an LED flash. This design is the same as the HTC A100, but it isn’t the only thing HTC has carried over from the 2021 version.
In addition to sharing its design with the HTC A100, the HTC A101 also has identical specifications save for one single change. The 10.1-inch display keeps the 1920 x 1200 resolution of the 2021 model, and above it is a 5MP f/2.2 720p camera. It is also powered by the same UNISOC T618 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. In addition, a MicroSD card slot is available for adding up to an extra 256GB of storage. So what has changed? The HTC A101 ships with a 16MP primary camera, unlike the HTC A100, which has a 13MP main camera paired with a 2MP secondary camera. However, it still has an f/2.2 aperture size and can record in Full HD. It also has a bokeh mode for portrait images. The secondary camera remains the same. Neither model has a fingerprint scanner, but the front-facing camera supports Face Unlock.
The HTC A101, like the A100 before it, has a dual nano-SIM slot for connecting to LTE networks. While SIM support is not uncommon for tablets, having a slot for two SIMs is rare. In addition, there is GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, a headphone jack and dual-band Wi-Fi. A 7000mAh battery sits under the hood, and it supports 10W charging. HTC ships the phone with Android 11, which is pretty outdated for a device launching in the second half of 2022. The HTC A100 also launched with Android 11 and is yet to be updated to Android 12 after almost a year.
Although the HTC A101 is listed on the HTC Africa website, there are no details about pricing and availability. For context, the A100 launched in Russia for ₽19,990, which converts to about $313. Nevertheless, buyers can pick it up in gray and silver when it is available for purchase.