The Iconia Tab A501, as Acer is planning to name it, will include only one important upgrade, the 4G AT&T’s connectivity. The tablet will therefore feature the same 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1 GB of DDR2 memory, will be sported by the same 10.1-inch HD Multi-Touch Display with 1280×800 pixels resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio and will include the same basic features as the A500( 5 MPx rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and single LED flash, 2 MPx front-facing camera, a micro USB 2.0 port, a full-sized USB 2.0 port, a microSD memory card and HDMI). It will also probably run Android Honeycomb 3.0, as the Acer’s tablet has not yet upgraded to the 3.1 or 3.2 versions of the popular OS.
On the other hand, where Samsung has exaggerated a bit, pricing its 4G Galaxy Tab at a pretty steep $699.99 starting point, Acer is promising to do a better and more attractive job. Thus, the Tab A501 is set to only cost 380 bucks with a two-year contract and $35 monthly data plan or 480 dollars for a contract-free version. However, Acer’s HSPA+ 4G radio will only come with 16 GB of internal storage space, according to Engadget’s sources, which will probably be a downside for some of you.
All in all, the Acer A501 could prove a worthy competitor for the important 10-inch tablets available on the market right now due to its pretty affordable price and its generous specs and features.
AT&T has promised to have the A501s in stores by Sunday, September 18, which means that the countdown can begin. For the complete technical specifications of the Acer Iconia Tab A500, as well as for our opinions on the tablet, you can check out this comprehensive product review or a very interesting video comparison between Acer’s tablet and the Asus Eee Pad Slider.
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