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MWC 2011: Acer announces new Android tablet

Acer ICONIA TAB A500 to launch in April

Acer today announced its first entrant into the ever expanding tablet market, the Acer ICONIA Tab A500, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Based on the popular Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system, the ICONA A500 will launch in April for an as yet undisclosed price.

Features include a 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 display and a dual-core, Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. 3G and wi-fi are included, and Acer claims battery life in the region of nine to ten hours. A USB port will support external storage and peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse.

It’s very similar in concept to the announced at CES 2011. It also runs on Android 3.0, has a 10.1-inch display and uses the dual-core Nvidia chip. Android 3.0 is the first version of the Google operating system designed specifically for tablets, as opposed to the mobile phone versions currently available.


The Acer is due for release in April for an undisclosed price.

Acer ICONIA TAB A500 full specs

  • Nvidia Tegra 2, 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 16GB or 32GB internal storage
  • 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 display
  • wi-fi and optional 3G
  • Bluetooth 2.1 and wi-fi
  • USB 2.0 port for external storage and peripherals
  • 5MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing webcam
  • HDMI video output
  • 700grams with wi-fi, 730grams with wi-fi and 3G

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