The pace at which technology moves is highlighted by the
launch today of the Acer Iconia Tab A200 which has perfectly decent specs, but
compared to the cutting edge models, looks decidedly dated.
With the Transformer Prime bringing the quad-core power of
Tegra 3 and Android Ice Cream Sandwich being seen on the Galaxy Nexus, the
Iconia Tab A200 from Acer looks like a tablet which should have been launched
over six months ago.
The A200 will have a dual-core Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of
RAM, and options for 8GB or 16GB of local storage. The tablet will measure 260 x 175
x 12.4mm, which again is nothing special compared to the razor thin tablets
we’re seeing these days like the similarly-named AT200 from Toshiba.
The screen resolution is 1280 x 800, battery life is
purported to be 8 hours and it will weigh in at 720g. A two megapixel camera sits
on the front for video-calling, but you won’t find a rear camera – which for us
is not a major omission.
The software will be Android Honeycomb initially but Acer has said
that Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming in January. Initially the software will
be layered with the Acer Ring skin (above), though whether this will remain following the
update is unclear.
One plus point for the tablet is the inclusion of a
full-sized USB port and a microSD card slot for expanding the memory. The A200
will be available in either Titanium Gray or Metallic Red.
Pricing has not been announced by Acer yet, but in its press
release it describes the tablet as having an “affordable price.”
The tablet will be available in selected countries from this
month with Android 3.2 but will ship worldwide from January with Android 4.0.
We’ve put a call into Acer here in the UK to try and get some specific
pricing and release dates and we’ll let you know as soon as we hear any more.
Let us know in the comments if you think this is a good update to
Acer’s tablet line-up or is it a stop gap before it launches its Tegra 3
Via: Netbook News