Acer's Iconia Tab A500 Android 3.0 tablet available for pre-order at Best Buy

Acer's Iconia Tab A500 Android 3.0 tablet available for pre-order at Best Buy

Summary: Acer has been relatively quiet on the tablet PC front -- that is, until now. The company has just announced that its new Iconia Tab A500 tablet, which will run Android 3.

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Acer has been relatively quiet on the tablet PC front -- that is, until now. The company has just announced that its new Iconia Tab A500 tablet, which will run Android 3.0 (a.k.a. "Honeycomb"), is available starting today for pre-order exclusively at Best Buy's Web site.

The Iconia Tab slate is built around the Nvida Tegra 2 platform, combining an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor with a GeForce GPU for 1080p video playback and improved gaming performance. It comes with 16GB of storage and built-in Wi-Fi, though the A500 doesn't offer any 3G or 4G support out of the gate. You also get front- and rear-facing cameras, an HDMI port, and a microSD card slot. Battery life is claimed to be in the 8- to 10-hour range, thanks to a pair of lithium-polymer batteries.

The 10.1-inch display sports a resolution of 1,280x800, and Dolby Mobile technology is onboard for improved audio performance. DLNA support baked in means that the A500 can stream media to and from compliant devices.

In addition to being able to pre-order the Iconia tablet online now, you'll be able to pre-order it at Best Buy retail outlets on April 14. Acer hopes to beat competitors to the punch with its Honeycomb-based slate by shipping units starting on April 28. The A500 will cost $449.99, with options including a $39.99 case, $79.99 dock, and $69.99 Bluetooth keyboard also available.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Orphaned at birth

    Isn't Acer the company that just fired their CEO because the board disagreed with him about getting into the tablet market?

    Having spent the R&D on this thing, they'll put it out there to see what happens. But the Chairman did not sound all that excited about getting into this business.
    Robert Hahn
    • This tablet is not really competive: thick, heavy, low battery life, slow

      @Robert Hahn: Tegra 2, non-IPS screen with no layers glued together, and only like 17 tablet-size applications, raw, glitchy OS/Market.<br><br>iPad 2 is way thinner, lighter, has 2-3 hours better battery (according to tests of Xoom, which is on the same hardware as this A500), much faster (like 3-5 times in graphics and up to 10 times in FPU according to tests of Xoom, which is on the same hardware/Tegra 2), IPS technology screen with all of layers glued together to fight parasitic refraction, and has over 65 000 tablet-designed applications, polished OS.<br><br><b>$50 is no way a lucrative to disregard such difference in class of tablet and the whole environment/platform.</b>
      DDERSSS
      • Agree with the board

        @denisrs I totally agree with the Acer board on this. If there really is a way to slowly crawl your way into the tablet market by shaving nickels and dimes from the manufacturing cost of commodity hardware, then there is no hurry to do so. Acer is as well-positioned as the next Asian manufacturer to do this.<br><br>The question is whether to do it now. There are at least two previous examples of runaway growth markets where companies who rushed in with "me too" designs were stunned by how few units they sold. It almost didn't seem possible to do as badly as they did.<br><br>This happened to the first round of competitors to the original IBM PC, and it happened again to the would-be iPod killers. It didn't matter what you built or how you priced it; if it wasn't the Genuine Original Article, people just plain didn't want it.<br><br>A whole bunch of companies lost their shirts in those episodes by building vast quantities of devices that ended up having to be sold as scrap.<br><br>That is going to happen here to least some of the early iPad competitors. If the rumors of 100,000 XOOM sales are accurate, somebody at Moto Mobility is already swallowing Real Hard. With Apple forecasted to sell 40 million iPads, a Moto forecast and build of 2 or 3 million units would have seemed conservative. They could be staring now at a contractual commitment to take delivery of two million boxes of scrap metal and plastic at $300 each. Ouch.<br><br>I can understand why any board of directors would want to see somebody else build the next Zune or the next DEC Rainbow. If those who run toward the light end up getting burned, it might be better to avoid the whole thing.
        Robert Hahn
  • RE: Acer's Iconia Tab A500 Android 3.0 tablet available for pre-order at Best Buy

    FAIL
    james347
  • RE: Acer's Iconia Tab A500 Android 3.0 tablet available for pre-order at Best Buy

    Sean, the insanity of comparing tablets is rediculous. Apple's IPAD is a totally different product targeted for a different consumer segment than Android OS tablets like theZoom & Iconia. The IPAD2 is clearly a very good device, but not for business. There is no support for external memory or Adobe flash support. The Honeycomb tablets look promising, why haven't the likes of HP, Dell, Lenovo, and RIM aligned themselves with the distribution channels following Apple's model. Is it purely Apple's money clout? If that's the case a Amazon/Honeycomb tablet might be the only competition. What does it really cost Motorola to build the Zoom? If they want market share, the shareholders will need to accept a smaller margin. I don't think they are willing to do so and have already accepted Apple is going to kick them all over the globe.
    sean.signer@...
  • Errrrr.....

    Avoid Acer. Their stuff is generally cheap and junk. Too many peope I know had hardware problems and their support is pure crap.
    Gis Bun