Acer today announced the launch date of the Iconia Tab W500 and A500, the Windows and Android versions of its 10-inch tablet.
It officially launched the Iconia Tab range of tablets in the UK at a press event in London this morning.
The wi-fi versions of the 10.1-inch W500 and A500 are the first models in the range to go on sale and will be available from the 8th April.
Prices will start at £449 for the wi-fi W500 and A500.
We got our hands on these tablets when they were first announced at Mobile World Congress back in February – check out our video first look of the Acer Iconia tablets.
Acer Iconia Tab W500, A500 and A100
Acer wants its tablet range to have something for everyone, offering two screen size options and a choice of operating systems.
The W500 is Acer’s 10-inch Windows 7 tablet, while the A500 is the Android version running Google’s Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ operating system. Both have a capacitive touchscreen display and the W500 runs an AMD dual core C-50 processor. An optional keyboard docking station is available, £89.99 if you buy it separately, so users have the option to use a keyboard for typing rather than just using the touchscreen.
The A100, a smaller 7-inch Android tablet is set to launch in May, while 3G versions of the 10-inch models are also planned for later this year.
Tablets go head to head
It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that there’s other big tablet news in the UK this week, Apple’s eagerly anticipated iPad 2 goes on sale tomorrow.
The W500 and A500 will inevitability be compared to the iPad 2. The displays are a very similar size, the Acer’s only slightly bigger than the 9.7-inch screen on the iPad 2 but weighs 970g compared to the iPad 2’s 601g (wi-fi version).
Pricing differs too, the cheapest version of the iPad 2, the 16GB wi-fi only version, will go on sale at £399 around £50 less than the Acer tablet. We’ll be putting the models head to head in our tablets review to see which comes out on top.
Find out more about what to expect at Friday’s launch in our iPad 2 first look review of everything you need to know.
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