It seems as if Acer is going all out with its line of Iconia products. Since it launched its unique dual touchscreen laptop last year, it has now announced a smartphone and tablet bearing the moniker – the latter of which is the Iconia Tab A500.
While we thought that CES was going to be all about tablets, it seems as if Mobile World Congress is where all the big boys are unveiling their tablet devices. So far we’ve seen the HP TouchPad, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the LG Optimus Pad, the ViewSonic 10Pro and many more all running Android Honeycomb (and Windows 7 in the case of the dual-boot 10Pro) in various form factors. Acer’s contribution to the party is the 10.1in Iconia Tab A500 (same size as the new Galaxy Tab) which comes with everything you would expect from a 2011 Android tablet.
It has a dual core Nvidia Tegra 250 Cortex A9 processor inside with a with a low power GeForce GPU to handle the graphics on the A500. The 10.1in capacitive mutli-touch WXGA display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 with a contrast ratio of 1,500:1 to enjoy Full HD 1080p playback and via a HDMI port you can display images and video on a larger screen. Aluminum casing will add a sense of quality to the device though it also added to the weight with the Wi-Fi only model weighing in at 700g with the 3G Wi-Fi model tipping the scales at 730g. The Iconia Tab A500 measures 260 x 177 x 13.3 mm.
It has a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera and front-facing 2 megapixel camera for video calling. It has Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, micro USB and either 16GB or 32GB of in-built storage. The one thing which could set the Iconia Tab A500 apart is clear.fi, which is a media sharing system that enables you to seamlessly sync and share your content across a variety of different devices. The only problem with this however is that you can only access media on clear.fi products which means you will have to stump up for the Iconia laptop or Iconia Smart phone too.
The Iconia Tab A500 will be available in the UK in April but Acer has yet to release a price point for the device. We are hoping to get our hands on the Acer tablet in Barcelona and will bring you our hands-on experience as soon as we get it.