Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Acer challenges iPad 3 with Iconia Tab A510; 32GB for $450

Acer's Olympic Games Edition Tablet Iconia Tab A510 may beat the new iPad on price and specs but will consumers care?

Acer Iconia Tab A510. [Photo Credit: Acer]

Acer Iconia Tab A510. (Photo Credit: Acer)

After debuting its first quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet, the Iconia Tab A510, at CES back in January, Acer is now bringing the Olympic Games Tablet Edition to North America.

Photo Gallery: Acer Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Games Tablet Edition

For $449.99 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi model -- a full $150 cheaper than the equivalent iPad 3 -- the A510 is branded with the iconic Olympic rings on the back cover and offer 12 hours of video viewing via its 10.1-inch WXGA HD display, thanks to the Tegra 3 processor's 4-plus-1"Battery Saver Core" design and high capacity 9800mAh battery.

Of course, the A510 needs to do much more than just offer better battery life and value than the new iPad to win over the unconverted. That's why it has a built-in microSD slot for an additional 32 GB of storage, a micro USB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer, as well as a micro-HDMI connector for hooking up to HDTVs and projectors for presentations (it supports HDMI to VGA).

Other technical specifications:

  • Display: 10.1" WXGA HD (1280 x 800 resolution); 16:10 aspect ratio; 85-degree viewing angle
  • CPU: Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 (1.3 GHz)
  • GPU: 12-Core GeForce NVIDIA
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB (internal)
  • Cameras: 1MP HD (front); 5MP with Auto Focus (rear)
  • Audio: Dolby Mobile 3 Technology; stereo speakers, dual analog microphone; 3.5mm audio jack
  • Sensors: G-Sensor, E-Compass, L Sensor, Gyro-meter
  • Communication: Wi-Fi 802.11 N/B/G; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; DLNA-compliant via
  • Dimensions: 10.2" (W) x 6.9" (D) x 0.43" (H)
  • Weight: 1.54 lbs.

In addition to running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with the Acer Ring UI, the A510 is preloaded with Flash 11, Polaris Office 3.5, Evernote, and the Acer Print app that claims to work with "87 percent of brand name printers on the current market." (Although the press release did not list all the printers that are compatible with this app, it's safe to assume they have to be capable of wireless printing for the app to work.)

Pre-sale for the silver or black 'Olympic Edition' A510 starts today at retailers across the continent. Acer is certainly positioning the new tablet as a budget and user-friendly alternative to the new iPad, which could use some legitimate competition sooner rather than later. So let the (tablet) Games begin!

[Source: Acer]