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Acer Aspire ICONIA TAB W500 Windows 7 tablet down to £389

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Skype is currently selling the Acer Aspire ICONIA TAB W500 Windows 7 tablet (note above pictures are that of the Android version of the tablet), which was announced at MWC in 2011, for £389 with free delivery and up to 60 minutes of free Skype credit.

The device, which is Wi-Fi rather than 3G enabled, comes with a dual core AMD Fusion C-50 processor clocked at 1GHz with an AMD Radeon HD6250 GPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 32GB SSD, a 10.1in 1,280 x 800 pixels LED display, two 1.3-megapixel camera, a HDMI port, Bluetooth 3.0 and Windows 7 Home Edition.

It comes with a long-life battery but we suspect that its battery life will be a fraction of the New Apple iPad. What's more it is nearly twice the thickness of rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and weighs nearly twice the weight at 910g.

What's more Acer has thrown in a few goodies including a "ring" user interface, a "my journal" web clipboard, plus a social aggregator called SocialJogger.

Microsoft will be launching Windows RT and Windows 8 by the end of the year with a number of ARM-based and x86-based tablets scheduled to hit the market in the second half of 2012.

Check our hands on article on the tablet from last year.

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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 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.