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Acer (re)Unveils Iconia Tab A500 Tablet

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.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.