The Acer Iconia A500 will be there for the taking in the US from April 24th onwards. This was announced by Acer America while also making it known the tablet would cost the Americans $449.99. Further, Acer has also stated the Iconia A500 would be offered exclusively by Best Buy. For this, the pre-order process at the stores would start from the 14th itself while online pre-orders are currently being accepted at the Best Buy site.
Speaking of the tablet’s launch, Sumit Agnihotry who is the vice president of product marketing at Acer America had this to say: “Staying connected and entertained are firmly embedded as a part of our everyday lives – and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 does this and so much more in a performance-minded, sleek and stylish design,” before also adding, “This tablet absolutely delivers on the expectation that customers can be entertained, stay in touch with family, friends, colleagues and social networks, as well as keep up on the world around them in a way that is intuitive and fluid, and also incredibly enjoyable.”
About the tablet itself, the Iconia A500 comes with a 10.1 inch 1280 × 800 pixel display. The tablet runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb and packs in a 5 megapixel camera at the rear as well as a 2 megapixel camera built into the front of the tablet. Then the tablet will also feature an HDMI port, a micro SD card slot and a six-axis gyroscope.
As of now, its the Wi-Fi only version of the Iconia Tab A500 that is on offer with 16 GB of on board storage. Also, with Honeycomb on board, the now almost familiar Honeycomb stuff are also there to be seen. These include the nVIDIA Tegra 250 1 GHz dual core processor that is mated to a 1 GB RAM in the Iconia A500. Acer has revealed there is also a 32 GB model in the pipeline though it isn’t committing to any fixed time frame just yet. As for the all important battery department, Acer is claiming the tablet can run for 8 hours before requiring a recharge.
Acer has also lined up a few goodies that would be part of the Iconia A500 package. These include popular games like “Need for Speed: Shift” and “Let’s Golf” while for the more serious types, there will be the Acer LumiRead as well as Google Books e-book readers. There also are a few accessories to be picked up such as a Bluetooth keyboard that costs $70 or a multi-media dock with an infrared remote that would set back by another $80.
In the end, a nice Honeycomb tablet that’s quite affordable. Sure its only the Wi-Fi version though the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi with almost identical specs comes for 150 grands more.
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