HTC has a surprise tablet to accompany its bizarre metaverse-focused Desire 22 Pro. The new A101 is an Android tablet with a 10.1-inch display, entry-level specs, and a design that’s straight out of the middle of the last decade. The device appears to have been quietly announced and is aimed at the African market. It follows the A100 tablet, which was launched last year to a similar non-reaction. The A101 even runs 2020’s Android 11 out of the box, rather than Android 12 or the big-screen focused Android 12L. Internally, HTC’s tablet is powered by a Unisoc T618 processor, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable via microSD. It’s got a pair of cameras on its rear, a main 16-megapixel camera with a 2-megapixel ultrawide. There’s a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 7,000mAh battery, and support for face unlock on both models. Meanwhile, the smartphone design talent that HTC sold off to Google in early 2018 has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years.
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