iPad 2 Rival Alert : Acer A200 Tablet To Cost $330

Acer has officially announced the debut of the A200 tablet, an entry-level version of the A500 device launched last year at Mobile World Congress.

The tablet has a suggested retail price of $330, which means that it should normally be available for around $299 during sales or roughly £200 in the UK; a 16GB version will cost $350.

The A500 is powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Ice Cream Sandwich coming mid-February, a few days before the Mobile World Congress starts.

Like its predecessor, the tablet is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset clocked at 1GHz, with 1GB RAM and a 1280x800 pixel 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display.

Acer has cut corners though to drive down the price - there is no rear camera - but the original Acer A500 tablet can be had from Amazon US from as little as $359.

It does have a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, two 3260mAh batteries (which should be good enough for eight hours), a two megapixel front facing camera, a full-sized USB and a microUSB port as well.

As usual, Acer has incorporated its own user interface like Ring and other applications like SocialJogger, which is a social networking aggregator.