Acer To Sell Intriguing W500 Hybrid Tablet In April

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The Acer Iconia Tab W500, which was first previewed at the Mobile World Congress, will go on sale on the 8th of April and will cost as little as £449 for the tablet alone with a rather interesting optional keyboard adding another £80 on top.

Unlike its alterego, the A500, the W500 (which can be preordered here) is based on Windows 7 and is powered by an AMD Zacate C50 dual core processor clocked at 1GHz. There's also 2GB DDR 3 RAM, a 32GB SSD, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels capacitive touchscreen, a camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The keyboard comes with an Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, a trackpoint stick but no battery like the equivalent Asus EEE Pad transformer, a missed opportunity, although it does convert it into a rather nice laptop.

There will also be a 3G version of the Iconic Tab W500 and Acer as confirmed that it is talking to mobile phone operators in the UK for potential subsidies.

Acer also announced yesterday that the Iconia Tab A500, which is based on Honeycomb, will also cost £449 and will go on sale at the same time with the main difference that it will be based on the Nvidia Tegra 2.

There will also be a smaller version of the A500 called the A100 which will boost a 7-inch screen and will also run on Honeycomb.