Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

Summary: Acer will be giving all of the tablet makers a real run for their money with this introduction. The Iconia Tab A500 is the company's first Android 3.0-based tablet in the U.S. market.

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Acer will be giving all of the tablet makers a real run for their money with this introduction. The Iconia Tab A500 is the company's first Android 3.0-based tablet in the U.S. market.

Sporting a 10.1-inch capacitive touch screen (1,280 x 800 resolution), the A500 is being touted first and foremost for its entertainment value. The display itself only supports 720p HD resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio with a respectable 80-degree wide viewing angle. But with a built-in HDMI port, the resolution can be bumped up to 1080p on a connected HDTV. Furthermore, the A500 does support Adobe Flash, but the software doesn't come pre-installed.

If gaming is more your thing, note that the A500 hosts a 10-point touch display and six-axis motion sensing gyrometer. The A500 also comes with two games pre-loaded at opposite ends of the spectrum: Need for Speed: Shift and Let's Golf.

Even though no one should replace a point-and-shoot camera with a tablet, the A500 does sport a few better ones. The rear camera has a 5-megapixel sensor with autofocus and flash. The 2-megapixel, front-facing camera is the more interesting one and should come in handy for video conferencing and chatting.

Here's a look at some of the other more notable specs:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 250 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Integrated NVIDIA GeForce GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of flash storage
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Dual 3260 mAh Li-polymer batteries
  • Battery life: Eight hours of gaming, 10 hours of Wi-Fi use/web browsing
  • Weight: 1.69 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.24- x 6.97- x 0.52-inches

Available immediately for pre-order exclusively at Best Buy and then online starting April 14, the Iconia Tab A500 will be officially on sale on April 24. Acer also undercuts most other tablet makers with products in the same price and spec range with an MSRP of of $449.99.

So who's buying this one?

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  • RE: Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

    This thing is pretty nice, but I am still waiting for the Eee Transformer. I like Acer, but I love ASUS.
    Bates_
    • This tablet is not really competive: thick, heavy, low battery life, slow

      @Bates_ : 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
      • RE: Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

        @denisrs if all these layers are glued together, explain the 60% of ipad 2 owners complaining their LCD is bleeding...<br><br>Also, the benchmarks were proven bogus, much like your posts. <br><br>And you forgot to mention the aliasing on diagonal edges when using the ips screen as well as poor color accuracy in the blue gamut and the fact that the XOOM screen is brighter.
        slickjim
      • True on the Acer, But the ASUS?

        @denisrs Have to admit, I thought much the same regarding only a $50 price delta. It's a step in the right direction, but just not enough. Especially when one considers that the ASUS Transformer that Bates mentioned will be coming out around the same time with very similar specs, better battery (+1.5 hours over the A500), and IPS screen. Yes, still slower than an iPad 2, but fast enough, especially considering storage can be expanded with microSD, and it's starting at $400, a full $100 cheaper than the iPad 2. iPad killer? Probably not, but perhaps finally at the point of where it could be considered a viable option, depending upon what one is looking for in a tablet. And competition is a good thing.
        Whyaylooh
      • AnandTech tests were &quot;proven bogus&quot;? Do you feel youself well?

        @Peter Perry
        DDERSSS
      • The facts

        @denisrs

        "thick" - yes, a whole 4.6mm
        "heavy" - yes, 160 grams
        "low battery life" - wrong, comparable or better
        "slow" - also wrong, Tegra 250 with GeForce GPU easily same or better performance

        "IPS" - who cares - the Acer screen has higher resolution, wider viewing angle, and great display quality
        archangel9999
  • Wireless/3g/4g connectivity? Provider?

    Hello? Anyone?
    Geedavey
    • Hello? Who cares?

      NT
      DonnieBoy
    • WiFi only

      @Geedavey Apparently this model doesn't have any. Unlike The Other Guys, Acer is trying the WiFi-only model first. That's probably a good idea, because the vast majority of iPads sold are the WiFi model.<br><br>So maybe Acer will get lucky and avoid the perception (which the XOOM and the Galaxy Tab now have) of being a marketplace flop because the initial units were all the high-priced model.<br><br>However, if this one also flops, the app developers for Android tablets may start heading for the exits. Any coming "onslaught of Android tablets" won't mean much if Samsung, Moto, and Acer all fall on their butts. There are only so many ways to put these things together, and these three firms are pretty good at it. If they all fail, there's no reason to believe that anyone else will arrive with a breakthrough product.
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

        @Robert Hahn
        Wrong again. Exactly what they said about the G1. "Only one phone! They'll never compete with iPhone."

        Now Androids run the marketplace.
        Droid101
      • Google

        @Droid101 You are confusing Google with serious hardware makers who have distribution and know how to sell things. The fact that serious hardware makers who know how to sell things eventually helped Google to make Android a hit in phones does not help Android when the people falling on their butts are the same serious hardware makers who know how to sell things.
        Robert Hahn
      • RE: Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

        @Robert Hahn
        Seriously doubt that.
        The Android tablet phase is in its infancy. If these don't take off (I have no doubt they will) then I could see some slippage come late 2012....
        ;)
        rhonin
      • RE: Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

        @Robert Hahn You seem a little unnerved by the coming waveof Honeycomb Tablets... Don't worry, there's still time to get a decent price for your iPad 2 so you can join the Army.
        slickjim
    • Who needs it?

      @Geedavey 3g/4g

      I see 3g/4g as a unwelcome addition to a tablet like this. Mainly I would imagine using this tablet at home or the office where wifi is available. I don't want to have to sign up with a carrier for the few times I might want access away from home. I've got a phone that can do that.
      boomchuck1
      • It's all about you

        @boomchuck1 I have taken the liberty of sending your preferences to all the major manufacturers so that they will know what you want and can adjust their plans accordingly.
        Robert Hahn
      • RE: Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

        @boomchuck1 <br>True.<br>If I want a portable wifi signal I link into my phone.<br>Matter of fact I do that with my iPad today. With the prevalence of wifi, I seldom link to my phone.<br><br>@Robert Hahn<br>Send mine also please.<br><br>The majority of tablet purchasers buy wifi only. If the carriers would allow a family data plan instead of a device data plan, I might consider a 3g/4g model. It will still be a challenge to justify the additional cost though.<br><br><img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/grin.gif" alt="grin">
        rhonin
      • WiFi only

        @boomchuck1 I too prefer wifi only tablet - if I'm out and about I just use my 4g wireless hotspot - what's the point of paying more for devices with 3g/4g HW and then paying for data plans for every device?
        archangel9999
    • RE: Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

      @Geedavey

      The Acer ICONIA Tab A501 is the model that will have mobile broadband. AT&T Wireless has said they will carry it soon.
      LP212
  • Ok, we are getting better offerings!! But, if we can make a netbook for

    $300, we should be able to do a 10 inch tablet for $300. Add a folding keyboard and stand, and you have everything most road warriors need.
    DonnieBoy
  • RE: Acer unveils Android-based Iconia Tab A500; HDMI, 5MP camera

    The prices on the components aren't there yet. It costs apple just over $300 to make their base tablet and they have the best pricing from suppliers. Acer definitely has shaved the margin on this tablet pretty thin compared to other manufacturers.

    The touchscreens are more expensive than netbook screens, the batteries are more expensive and the flash memory is far more expensive than a corresponding hard drive. I would even venture that the embedded apus are a bit spendier than the atom processor.
    Eman101