Acer's entry level Android tablet, the Iconia A200, has been put on preorder by UK retailer Expansys for £295, with the first stocks expected to be delivered on the 28th of February, coinciding with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The tablet is a cheaper version of the Iconia A500, though it lacks a rear camera. The 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive display, the dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset clocked at 1GHz, the 1GB RAM and the 16GB onboard storage are all there though.
The rest of the features are included too: Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Wi-Fi, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, USB and Acer's usual array of proprietary add-ons, like the Ring user interface and social jogger. There's also a two megapixel front facing camera and the device is available in Titanium Gray and Metallic Red (but no black or white for some reason).
Although it is significantly cheaper than the Iconia A500, it unfortunately fails to rival competitors like the Motorola XOOM, which is both cheaper and more feature laden compared to the Acer Iconia A200.
On the other hand, there has been a proliferation of capable single core, 7-inch tablets which may well force manufacturers to reduce the price of big format tablets or face the risk of ending the year with excess stock.