The Iconia Tab A200 has now finally been launched officially so that we now have a clear idea of what the 7 inch tablet from Acer is all about. The tablet has also made it to the markets in some countries though it is being kept under wraps which countries will have it first. Also, while the tablet will be shipping with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Acer has said it will release an update in January that will bring Android 4.0 ICS to the tablet.
Looks wise, the Iconia Tab A200 is a lot like the A500 except two key differences — the OS of the Tab A200 which would be Android 4.0 along with the red and gray color schemes that the tablet comes in.
Other hardware specifications of the tablet include a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 pixel display while on the other side of it lies a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor (and not the latest Tegra 3 quad core CPU). The tablet would sport 1 GB of RAM while for storage, the tablet comes with the option of either 8 GB or 16 GB. There is also a microSD card that will allow for more storage options. Power pack to run the tablet is a 3260mAh, 24.1 Whr battery which Acer claims will be good enough to support about 8 hours of video playback time.
Applications that the the A200 will come pre-loaded with include Soundhound, Google Movie Studio, TegraZone, Netflix (US, CA), Google Music, AUPEO!,LumiRead (Global, excluding US), Zinio, Kindle (US), SocialJogger, Documents to Go, Evernote, and McAfee VirusScan Mobile. So that’s a lot of entertainments options that the A200 presents while e-book lovers too have something to cheer about.
For connectivity the tablet boasts of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth along with GPS. The A200 though breaks convention in that it comes with only a front facing 2 megapixel camera with none at the rear. Dimensions of the A200 is 10.2 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches while tipping the scales at 1.6 pounds.
Acer plans to launch the A200 as their budget device with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor based tablet coming up in 2012. That would be priced higher and have a higher resolution display screen of 1920 x 1200 pixel.
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