Acer (re)Unveils Iconia Tab A500 Tablet

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Acer announced this morning that it will start selling the Iconia Tab 500, the company's rival to the iPad 2, in the UK from the 8th of April.

The device - which we first saw at the Mobile World Congress back in February 2011- will run on Google Android Honeycomb and will be powered by a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip clocked at 1GHz, like many of its competitors.

It comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a 1280x800 pixels resolution, is a mere 13.3mm thick (50 per cent more than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1), weighs 700g, comes in Wi-Fi and 3G version (called the A501) and will cost £449 for the former model and an additional £100 for the latter.

The 3G version is expected to be launched in May. Other notable features include a rear five-megapixel camera with flash and AF, a front facing 2-megapixel one, 10 point multitouch, 6-axis gyroscope, Clear.fi technology (a rebadged version of DLNA), a HDMI output, one USB and a microUSB port, a unibody metal casing and preloaded contents (3D and online games, e-books and magazines, depending on the country).

Acer has also confirmed that there will be a Bluetooth keyboard available for the A500 for £90 and that the 7-inch version of the tablet, known as the A100, will arrive in mid-May and will run Honeycomb.