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Acer Iconia M500 Tablet To Run MeeGo On Atom

Acer has announced that it will launch a third Iconia tablet, the M500, which is the first of the M-series and comes after the A500 and the W500, both of which were unveiled this year at Cebit.

Interestingly, the M500 runs on a third pair of CPU & OS; this time, it's an Intel (Moorestown) Atom with Intel's own MeeGo. The A500 is powered by a Tegra chip with Android Honeycomb while the W500 comes with an AMD Brazos C-50 coupled with Microsoft's Windows 7.

Engadget (opens in new tab) says that the MeeGo OS will be skinned with an Acer user interface that offers instant access to "things you care about" and a navigation that involves an "Acer Circle" made up of live widgets.

The 10-inch tablet is likely to have the same features as the W500 and A500 tablets with a 1280x800 pixel screen resolution and should be available by the end of the year.

Acer also unveiled another tablet earlier this year, the Iconia A100, a smaller 7-inch Android tablet.

The W500 costs almost the same as the Acer Iconia A500 at around £450 and comes with twice the RAM as well as the ability to dock a keyboard. Both models also come with 3G functionality, 32GB SSD, HDMI, Dolby Mobile Sound, five-megapixel and a two-megapixel cameras, Wi-Fi and a microSD card reader.

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