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Acer Teams Up With AT&T To Deliver 4G iPad 2 Rival

The Iconia A501 has made a surprising apparition in the US courtesy of an announcement by AT&T and Taiwanese firm Acer; the tablet whose Wi-Fi only version was announced back in February 2011 will offer mobile broadband connectivity via AT&T's 4G HSPA+ network.

The tablet comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, a 10.1-inch TFT WXGA capacitive touchscreen, a front-facing two-megapixel camera and a five megapixel rear one, an HDMI port, microSDHC slot plus a microUSB one. The tablet will come with Android 3.0 but will be upgraded to version 3.1 soon.

Acer shipped the tablet with two 3260mAh Li-Polymer batteries which should provide the tablet with enough juice for eight hours of HD video playback or up to 10 hours Wi-Fi internet browsing.

At nearly 800g and measuring 13mm thick, the Iconia A501 is thicker than most of its competitors, something Acer really needs to work on for the next iteration.

AT&T is selling the 16GB version of the A501 for $499.99 while the 32GB model costs a mere $549.99. PAYG Data plans are available at $15 for 250MB and $25 for 2GB with monthly subscriptions - with the tablet costing $330 - also on offer from the mobile phone carrier.

Désiré Athow
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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.