iPad 2 Rival Alert : Acer Aspire Iconia Tab A501 Now Down To £349

With the Mobile World Congress starting next week, one may expect the main device manufacturers to start clearing out existing stocks ahead of the launch of new models.

It is therefore not surprising that the Iconia Tab A501 which was launched last year, has been discounted to £349 at Amazon, a 34 per cent discount off its initial release price of £530.

The tablet bears the same configuration as many of its peers like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Motorola XOOM.

At its heart is a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz paired with 1GB RAM onboard memory and 32GB storage; plus built-in 3G functionality, a microSD card reader, Bluetooth and a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel display.

Other features include Acer's own customised user interface complete with a number of bundled apps, an HDMI port, an aluminium chassis, Dolby Mobile sound compatibility, a five megapixel front facing camera and a rear two megapixel one ,plus Acer's Clear.fi multimedia sharing solution.

At this price, there's little competition for the Acer A501; the Motorola XOOM matches it when it comes to onboard storage but doesn't offer 3G and The Asus Eee Pad Transformer comes with half the memory and no 3G, but can be converted to an ultra portable laptop.